Google Now on Tap is available in the latest Google app update, only works on Android M Dev Preview 3

Google Now on Tap is available in the latest Google app update, only works on Android M Dev Preview 3
One of the features that Google extensively demoed on stage during the official sneak peek at Android Marshmallow back in June was no other than Google Now on Tap. It is a proactive and contextually-aware functionality for Google Now that keeps tabs on everything happening on your screen and is ready to provide you with relevant in-depth information. 

Google Now on Tap will officially debut with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow later this fall, but those impatient enough to give it a spin are in for some good news. It seems that the latest update for the Google app, rolling under the 5.3.19.19.arm version name, has Now on Tap enabled. 

However, you need to be running the Android Marshmallow Dev Preview 3 in order to make it actually work. The reason for this is that the Dev Preview 3 is boasting the final APIs as well as the official SDK for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which are most likely required to make Now on Tap work as intended.

It is reported that the feature doesn't work on Dev Preview 2 or earlier. All of you eager to give it a try can head to the source link and sideload it on your devices.


source: APKMirror via Reddit

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15 Comments

1. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

when u think of the whole idea of now on tap it gets really creepy. just think of all the things in the background that google have to assess to source the information you need. i might be wrong about it though but its definitely creepy.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yep willl not EVER be using this feature.

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

What have you guys got to hide? You already use smartphones, which are already sending off the same data anyway. The data is anonymous, and no one from Google cares about what you are having for dinner.

13. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I don't like Google collecting and selling my personal data to other third parties ad companies, which can be compromised by hackers and such and end up anywhere on the internet. The data is anonymous? You are a fool if you believe that just because Google says so. Its the preeminent ad company in the entire world. They didn't get that way by being honest to users.

15. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

You are a fool to think that this actually affects your life at all besides making the usage of smartphones easier...

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

this is strange since i have seen it pop up on my phone now and then its annoying for the most part its not the full iteration

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Then don't turn it on? You can still use the regular Google Now like in Lollipop or earlier IMO it's no worse than always listening Google Now/Siri Or how Google/Apple/MS read all you emails, etc, ...

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Freaking Google disabled my now feature after I flashed M preview 3, due to my location... Even though I'm a paying customer. They broke my heart :(

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apparently its not location or region based Maybe because Google didn't mean to enable Now on Tap (they usually post an announcement, they haven't so far), so they decided to turn it off sever side

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I'm not talking about Now on Tap I'm talking about google now itself, I can't see Now Cards anymore :(.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oh that's strange For me everything is fine, except Now on Tap

6. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Freaking Google disabled my now feature after I flashed M preview 3, due to my location... Even though I'm a paying customer. They broke my heart :(

7. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

even though im a paying customer.... selfish bastard who isnt a paying customer?

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Clueless noble do you really think that everyone buys apps from google play store? do you want to know how many people I know who have paid for an app in google play store? ZERO! more than 99% of people don't buy apps from google play store in my country. one reason is Google blocking it's services for us.

12. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I can easily sideload cracked apps on my phone, but I choose to support the developers even though the prices are a bit high for us, anyway thanks for your uncalled and unjust judgement.

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