In March 2013, Google released its note-taking app for Android, iOS, and the web. Google Keep is soon to feature text formatting that will allow you to bold, italicize, and underline text. This will happen more than nine years later.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll strive to give those that are closer to completion a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

Update 6/14: More than a month later, text formatting is still not available (or even advertised), but Google Keep for Android (version is also working on enabling font size customization. The only choices available to users are small, medium, or giant. Although a numerical picker won’t be available, it is still preferable to nothing.

Small, Medium, Large, and andlt;string name=font size smallandgt; Smallandlt;, andlt;string name=font size mediumandgt; Mediumandlt;, andlt;string name=font size largeandgt; Largeandlt; Original as of 5/11: The final significant feature that Google Keep added was note backgrounds with illustrations. Last year, the Android app also received a Material You redesign as well as homescreen widgets.

Today’s release of Google Keep for Android, version, demonstrates progress on the ability to toggle (turn on) bold, italic, and underline formatting. With this update, the app received icons for each style that are quite typical for Google. They correspond to the ones that Docs, Sheets, and Slides utilize.

Andlt;string name=toggle boldandgt; Boldandgt;/stringandgt; andlt;string name=toggle italicandgt; Italicandlt;/stringandgt; andlt;string name=toggle underlineandgt;

Google Keep text formatting

Both Show formatting settings and Clear formatting will be available to you. Since the beginning, Google Keep has only provided plain text as an option for a note’s body. While this made the application simpler, especially when pasting into the app, it made it challenging to emphasize important points in a note (using all caps acted as a manual workaround).

Text formatting is not currently available when sideloading the most recent version of Google Keep; the feature will most likely become available after a server-side update. The rollout of version via the is still in its early stages. To ensure consistency across all of your devices, Google will probably need to update Keep on iOS and .

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