This year’s I/O was the best one yet. Not only did we see Google unveil their latest and sweetest Android M, but a lot of other initiatives to improve the daily lives of us users. Google’s Babel, and Google’s Brillo are just some of the exciting stuff we’ve seen in the Google I/O 2015. If you’ve personally seen the whole keynote, chances are that you’ve seen Google unveil their new ‘Now On Tap’ functionality.
The idea behind the new feature which will probably be available on devices running Android M, or even Android Lollipop, is the fact that a simple long-press on the home-button will bring up a stylish-little Google Now pop-up, where it gives you information on anything important or specific on the current app/screen running on your Android device.
While the concept behind Google’s Now On Tap feature is quite confusing, Google’s Chrome Browser for Android was recently updated with a new feature called ‘Touch To Search‘. What this basically does is that it searches for any word you tap on, say ‘Root’, and then will give you information and news on the specified word. There’s nothing too fancy going on here, as it just simply Google Searches the word you’ve touched.
This new update is being currently rolled-on, and has almost hit the entire world, while some people still don’t have this update. By the end of the week, everyone will be able to use this nifty-little feature. I’ve been using this feature on my Android device for the past 3-days, and have flawlessly loved it.
Find a new or a hard technical term somewhere in a paragraph? Now all you need to do is just tap on a word, and voila! The interface however might be buggy at times, while it is kind of amazing at the same instinct. Once you long-tap any word/definition, it doesn’t immediately fill up the area which you’re viewing. Instead, it just displays a scroll-able window at the very bottom of the Chrome tab thus opened. To access it, all you need to do is simply swipe up, and you’re good to go!
While this feature might be just a supplement and an experiment from Google to test how many users actually love this feature, who knows Android Lollipop will soon sport the awesome Now On Tap functionality which Android M uses. If you’re quite willing to see this update being rolled on your Android device, let us know down below. Also, if you have any questions regarding this new feature, we’re always here to help!