Google is the tech giant of this world and it keeps reminding us that with it’s ultra cool updates and features. The latest Android Marshmallow is here and Google is rolling out it’s updates too.
The update to Android Marshmallow also marks the debut of Now on Tap, which gives Android users additional information about whatever they’re doing — texting, listening to music, reading news — in a single tap. The feature will first be available on Nexus handsets, since Nexus devices are the first to get the Marshmallow update. (The new Nexus devices, which aren’t on sale yet, will ship with Android Marshmallow and Now on Tap.)
Think of Now on Tap as an opt-in, supercharged version of Google Now, which proactively provides search results based on your previous behavior. In previous versions of Android, Google Now may have sent alerts for traffic conditions for your commute home or offered up a playlist from one of your music apps as you leave the office.
Now on Tap takes this a step further by allowing you to get more contextual information in other apps. You can bring up Now on Tap by holding down the home button from an Android device.
For example, if you mention in a Google Hangout that you are going for a movie and dinner, double-tapping the home button will bring up cards with more information about the movie and restaurant. You can also use it while reading news stories or listening to music.
Google has been scaling up the abilities of Now’s predictive search for some time, most notably with the addition of third-party app support. This enhances Google Now’s assistant capabilities by letting developers of popular apps and services like Lyft, Airbnb and Spotify to surface relevant reminders, even when you’re not using those apps.
Much like the way Apple gave Siri a far more important role in iOS 9, Google is using Now on Tap to showcase Google Now and give it a more central role in Android. (In other words: You can expect to hear a lot more about it from Google in the coming weeks and months.)
The feature is rolling out now to Nexus handsets already running Android Marshmallow, and will expand to more devices running Marshmallow “over time.”