Google Now on Tap commercial explains why you should love this feature

Google Now on Tap commercial explains why you should love this feature
Google Now on Tap is one of the best new features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unfortunately, not a lot of people use it. Partially, that's because not a lot of people even have Android M to begin with, but it's also because it's a feature that's easy to forget is there if you don't use it regularly. But, once you do use it regularly, it's pretty great.

Google wants to remind people how cool the feature is, and also let those new to Android 6.0 what else is hiding in their system. So, the company has put out a commercial for Google Now on Tap to explain how to use it and why it is so helpful. For those of you who might not be aware of Google Now on Tap, it's essentially a one-touch option to search what's on your screen for keywords, regardless of the app you're in. So, if you see the name of a celeb that you want to know more about, just hold the home button and Google Now on Tap will surface all the social links and relevant info you may want. The same goes for places and other items of interest. And, if necessary, it'll give you options to add events to your calendar. 

Some have been chiding Google a bit for waiting eight months after releasing Android Marshmallow before making a video explanation of Google Now on Tap. But, we think that might be a little harsh. For better or worse, Google knows its ecosystem and even now only 7.5% of users have Marshmallow and the earliest of adopters (Nexus users) tend to be the kinds of people who don't need a commercial like this. 

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8 Comments

1. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Note: This feature will be available on iOS in 2019.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And it'll probably be less buggy than the native one because Google will have more time to fine-tune it and Google Apps tend to be much better looking and cleaner on iOS.

3. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

By which time Google has also refined the native one, bro.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Only exception being the native YouTube app. Ever since I switched to Android, the official YouTube app has been like a watered down joke compared to the iOS version. - Can't + reference other participants in conversations, - Can't scroll/refer back to long comments as you respond to parts of them, - Can't see how many agree/disagree with a commenter's point of view, - Can't select and copy text from other comments, - Can't like/dislike comments, - The tree arrangement of the comments section is so limited, you wouldn't be able to identify who a commenter is responding to in many cases. All of that has been doable in the iOS app for a while now. Even the mobile YouTube website is better than the stupidly gimped native app, 'cause I can at least accomplish the latter 4 points...they're literally trying to force you to use the spyware google+ app for youtube comments/conversations and the youtube app just for videos. Fortunately, I can control every data that privacy-invading app has access to via Privacy Guard + XPrivacy.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I would never use it on my OnePlus One, 'cause like cortana on Windows, it unnecessarily demands enabling 24/7 spyware functions to utilize it, google now cards in this case. Screw that sh*t... Besides I already gain similar time-saving quick shortcuts via the Easy Copy app on the play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.camel.corp.copytools&hl=en ), all without any non-sense 24/7 spyware. Best clipboard manager I've ever used on ANY platform IMO. In addition to being a system-wide clipboard history manager, it's fully user extendable via actions/shortcuts from other apps, be it text translating, text to speech reading, adding to digital notebook, URL shortening, address locating, creating a calendar event, etc. All of the above actions automatically available when I copy text from anywhere on my OnePlus One. So much time saving, and it's all readily available free on the Playstore.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ZOMG 24/7 spyware OMG! like they need you to use their google now feature to do that HAHAHAHAHA You fool

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Easy there with the asinine assumptions, they just make you look retarded (if you're not already)...now, did you have any questions?

5. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Great feature that I constantly forget to use.

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