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11/15/2007
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Eric Ogren
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Google's Latest Mobile App: Notebook

For lovers of notebook applications, it just became a little bit easier to share notes between your mobile device and your computer. Google's Notebook application is the most recent addition to the mobilized versions of Google services and every note you add from your mobile phone is automagically available from any browser without the need to sync.

For lovers of notebook applications, it just became a little bit easier to share notes between your mobile device and your computer. Google's Notebook application is the most recent addition to the mobilized versions of Google services and every note you add from your mobile phone is automagically available from any browser without the need to sync.I am a big note taker. I peck out little notes to myself all the time so I don't forget this or that. Traditionally, I sync the notes to my computer or vice versa so the information is backed up somewhere. While I didn't make use of Google's Notebook application before today, I decided to give it a whirl once I saw that Notebook is now available on mobile phones.

Before I did anything, I went straight to the Notebook site on my iPhone.(Here is the mobile URL.) I generally keep myself signed into Google all day long on my phone. The Notebook Web page was clean and straightforward and since I already have a Google account, I didn't need to sign in or sign up for anything. It was simply available.

There were two options, "Mobile Notes," and "Unfiled." I clicked on "Mobile Notes" and wrote a test note. I hit the "Add note to Mobile notes" button and voila, I created a new note. Then I pointed my computer's browser to the online version of Google Notebook. Lo and behold, there was my test note. No muss, no fuss, it was just there. Cool.

For serial note takers who want access to little snippets of information that they've electronically jotted down into their cell phone or PC, the uses here are unlimited. For this application to be really useful, cutting-and-pasting (you know, things like URLs) is critical. The iPhone is clearly limited in this capability, as there is no cut-and-paste function, but BlackBerries and some Windows Mobile smartphones can take advantage. This could be a killer application for smartphone users who want to keep all their notes stored in once place that's accessible from any browser, mobile or not.

Keep 'em coming, Google.

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