Here is how the new text selection in Android M works: demo in motion

Text selection is a core feature of every smartphone operating system, and it just has to be done well. In Android M, Google is changing the way we select, copy, and paste things to the better with a more intuitive and easy-to-use interface.

You still long-hold on a word you want to select and drag blue markers to adjust your selection (you can drag them word by word, or character by character like before), but now rather than having a toolbar at the top with obscure icons representing cutting, copying and pasting, you have a floating bar conveniently located right next to your selection with non-obscure easy-to-understand text buttons.

There is also a new three-dot button that brings up additional options for your selection: you can use this to quickly translate what you've selected (finally!), you can comment on your selection (if you're in a compatible app like Google Docs), or search for the selected text.

It's a more logical, more useful and just a more straightforward and intuitive way to deal with text selection, and we can't wait until it rolls out to devices. You can find a GIF demonstrating how the feature works right below.

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8 Comments

7. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

OK Google, please establish proper punctuation and capital letters after full stop with voice dictation. This should work also for minor languages, ie besides English and other major languages. As it currently sits voice dictation becomes pathetic. ok google comma please establish proper punctuation and capital letters after full stop with voice dication full stop this should work also for minor languages comma besides english and other major languages full stop as it currently sits voice dictation becomes pathetic full stop full stop

8. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

full stop

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice.

12. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Would be cool if a knowledge graph card pops up when you hit the overflow button instead...you get your definition/translation, some relevant information and websites if it's a phrase, and whatnot. Also I don't see a define on that menu in the gif

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