Google eyes Evernote challenge with Drive features

Google eyes Evernote challenge with Drive features

Summary: In a Google+ post, the search giant said that it is launching a "save to Drive" extension to its Chrome browser.


Google launched a Drive feature that may indicate that it's ready to challenge Evernote.

In a Google+ post, the search giant said that it is launching a "save to Drive" extension to its Chrome browser. The general idea is that you can grab content from around the Web and store it. Images and links can also go to Drive.

The feature sounds a lot like Evernote to some degree. Evernote stores notes, pictures and other items to its cloud. Now that Drive is offering a clip service to go with its Docs, Google appears to be at least pondering a challenge to Evernote.

What remains to be seen is whether Google can become a viable threat to Evernote. There's something to be said for focus. For instance, multiple companies are eyeing challenges to Dropbox and Box, but both of those services keep plugging along. In the Evernote case, one key perk is that it works on multiple platforms. For now, Save to Google Drive is limited to Chrome. 

Topics: Collaboration, Google, Google Apps

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  • No necessarily the same as Evernote

    Evernote does a great job with the management of the things that you clip online. By giving you the option to putting the clippings in the appropriate notebooks the use of tags makes it more than just a clipping feature.
  • I Don't Use Gdrive and Skydrive

    I use Evernote and Dropbox. Maybe I'm strange, but I don't like different services all aggregated up into a single account trying to cross post into each other. I want things separate. I've seen strange people who can't stand their meat touching their potatoes on the plate (although they will happily commingle in their stomachs later). Perhaps I'm that kind of odd about web services.
  • Evernote is so much more...

    ... than just a clipping service. Man, I have notes on almost everything I do all day long at work so when people need to know how I did something, I can deconstruct the entire series of events. It's like a schematic of my day. What I tried, what worked, what didn't, what alternatives I looked at, who I talked to and what we each said. IF any emails were exchanged, they are pasted in. If any images were exchanged, they go in too. Instant messages. Yep, those too. I don't know how many times I get asked, "did you try this?" and I can do a quick search and say, "yes, I did. Right after I also tried this and this." I can get to all this anywhere there is a web browser.
  • Google Notebook..., basically, it's the gradual return of Google Notebook.
  • Evernote

    Evernote is certainly dominant when it comes to cross-platform multi-media cloud-sync'd note storage, with close on its heels, and several other competitors in that arena. Google Drive has a LONG way to go to even be THOUGHT OF in the same terms. I use the Google Chrome SCRATCHPAD Chrome app from time to time, (which auto-saves to Google Drive), but only for just that... temporary scratch typing to keep the paper post-it notes at bay, NOT for long-term or even medium-term storage. Ever since Google Notebook broke my heart and made me export/import into Evernote, I've not looked back. Now, I have too much time and data invested in Evernote to consider anything else.
  • "The feature sounds a lot like Evernote to some degree." What?

    Does this mean,
    * "The feature sounds like Evernote to some degree,"
    * "The feature sounds a lot like Evernote," or
    * "The feature sounds a lot like Evernote in one respect?"

    I gather the author means the latter. Evernote has, among other things, the ability to write or clip, tag, and search items. Google has the ability to search, write and now to clip items. Ironically, Google made the ability to add multiple labels harder to find. In that respect it moved away from Evernote.

    I wonder what Evernote knows about whether people use multiple tags? Most people seem to have an easier time comprehending a tree-like branching organization (e.g. folders in folders) than a networked organization (e.g. multiple tags or lots of shortcuts.)