Like any new operating system release, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is full of new features to try. Some of these are subtle, but probably the biggest change in how you’ll use your phone with Marshmallow is Google Now on Tap.
They've added a 'Google Now On Tap' feature to the next version of Android. Disappointing to discover that it doesn't get you a beer.
— John M (@John_M15) October 14, 2015
Until now, if you wanted to Google something you’d have to leave your current app, open the Google app, and input your query. Now on Tap, however, contextually searches your screen for items of interest and lets you get info about them in seconds.
To use it, simply hold down your Home button for a few seconds – this shortcut used to open Google Now, but in Marshmallow Now on Tap will quickly scan your screen and pull out any movies, people, music, or other items of interest that you’re looking at.
For example, if a friend texted you “Let’s go see The Martian this weekend,” Now on Tap would pull up reviews of the movie and a link to the trailer on YouTube.
You can also use voice control to interact; while reading about a local business, you could say “Okay Google, how far away is this from me?” This makes Google Now even more powerful in its quest to become your personal assistant.
This all adds up to way less time switching apps to look things up, and the feature is only going to get better. It isn’t perfect: it only focuses on text, and it can’t read your mind, but it’s a worthy addition to your phone.
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