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Like any new operating system release, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is full of new features Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android Marshmallow is here -- but why should you care? Read More 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.

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.

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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 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search You may already be using Google Now on your Android device, but are you getting all that you can out of it? Knowing about these small features can make a big difference. Read More 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.

Interested in Marshmallow but don’t have the update yet? Find out how to get the best features without the actual update Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features Without Updating Get Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features Without Updating Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on its way, but while you wait, you can actually get a lot of its best features right now on any device. Read More .

Have you tried Now on Tap? What do you find most exciting about it? Let us know what you think below!

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  1. wingo
    October 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I could not find an upside but it did seem to be that my battery consumption increased hugely, on occasion requiring recharging halfway through the day. I uninstalled and consumtion is back to normal!!!

    • Ben Stegner
      October 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

      What did you uninstall? Did you go back to Lollipop or shut off Now on Tap?

      Now on Tap shouldn't decrease your battery life much at all unless you use it constantly.

  2. Jon Glass
    October 22, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I honestly don't find myself using this feature. I can't think of any time I've used it to actually do something, just to show off the feature to curious friends--and then, it didn't really do anything useful... Maybe if i had it on a phone, and not my tablet, but it seems to me to be something that either is a real life-saver, or a totally forgetable feature.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 23, 2015 at 12:32 am

      i think the phone/tablet thing does make a difference. Your phone is something you use all the time and interact with more due to texting, etc.

      I haven't used it a ton yet, but I think I will more as it grows.

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