Google got in a habit of dumping all sorts of features and incomplete ideas into Google Now on Tap. With the move away from On Tap, Assistant focused more on voice control and connected services. However, some of the useful features of On Tap were left behind too. In the case of screenshots, it looks like Google is bringing it back in Assistant. This feature appears to be available to everyone (or almost everyone), but it's subtle enough you might have it and not even realize. The screenshot feature is available in the stripped down screen search feature that's part of Assistant (maybe you didn't even know that was a thing). When you open Assistant on any screen other than the home screen, you can scroll down to get cards about screen contents. The screen search part of Assistant is not as in-depth as On Tap was, but at the bottom is a new "Share Screenshot" button. Pressing the share button captures a screenshot and immediately opens the system sharing dialog. Just like the … [Read more...] about Google brings On Tap’s screenshot feature to Assistant on the Pixel
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Google Now On Tap was easily the most futuristic feature to be demoed when Android 6.0 was previewed at Google I/O earlier this year. We longed for it, anticipated it, and when it finally arrived... most of us didn't really find a use for it. I'll be honest: I had completely forgotten Now On Tap even existed until Artem suggested this weekend's poll topic, one that I think will yield some interesting results. I haven't ever used Now On Tap in a serious way, only once or twice for demo purposes (as in the photo above), and I'm not even able to think of a single situation where it'd be much more helpful than, say, copying and pasting or just using voice search to perform a query. But the idea behind Now On Tap is undeniably ambitious, almost magically so: giving your smartphone a "universal answer" button, more or less. The philosophy is that Google Now should be able to look at what's on your screen and, when On Tap is activated, predict what you want next. Basically, Google is trying … [Read more...] about [Weekend Poll] Are You Using Google Now On Tap? How Often?
Update 1: 2015/09/16 6:25pm PDT Launcher changes Update 2: 2015/09/17 7:31am PDT Connection error Update Wednesday isn't over yet, and this is a big one. Google is rolling out v5.3 of the search app and it enables Google Now On Tap for M preview 3. The app will install on Android 4.4 and higher, but it won't add On Tap functionality, obviously. In the event you don't remember, Google Now On Tap was one of the big Marshmallow (at the time Android M) announcements at I/O a few months ago. However, it wasn't included in the developer preview. Google told us at the time that it wouldn't be included in any of the developer previews, and indeed it wasn't enabled in the third one. The new Google app flips the switch. You can access On Tap by long-pressing the home button. Google will scan the screen and generate cards based on the text and links. It's still a little buggy right now (error messages are fairly common), but it works. You can give it a shot if you've … [Read more...] about Google App v5.3 Is Rolling Out To Finally Enable Google Now On Tap For M Preview 3 Devices [APK Download] [Update: Brings Android M UI To Google Now Launcher Too]
Google Now on Tap sounded really cool when it was announced as part of Android M, but the reality of using it has been largely disappointing so far. Google has been adding new features in an attempt to make On Tap more engaging, and today there are three additions. In the latest round of updates, you'll have easier access to translation, content discovery, and barcode scanning. Google's translation platform already works in Chrome on Android, but what about other apps? Google Now on Tap will now include an option to translate text into your native language. Just open On Tap and look for the new Translate card. It currently only works on phones set to English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. There's also a new button in the list of pre-defined search actions for recognized content. The "Discover" option will pull up a stream of content related to the selected term. So, if On Tap sees "Samsung" on your screen, you can have it show a scrollable list of … [Read more...] about Google announces text translation, content discovery, and barcode scanning in Google Now on Tap
One might assume that anyone who's enthusiastic enough to enable Google Now On Tap, the contextual search engine that uses screenshots and optical character recognition, would also want access to Google Now cards, which depend more on location, time, and search history. But you know what they say about making assumptions. Previously Now On Tap did indeed depend on the more vanilla Google Now, or at least was linked to it, but the latest version of the Google search app for Android seems to have reduced the interdependency of these two tools. Previously users needed to opt-in to Google Now cards on their phones or tablets in order to access Now On Tap. But with the latest server-side change, you can now disable the "show cards" option in the Now Cards section of the app's settings menu. Before now turning this off on Android 6.0+ caused Now On Tap to stop functioning - that is no longer the case. The change was first spotted by a poster over on the /r/Android subreddit. Why would you … [Read more...] about Android Users Can Access Google Now On Tap Without Enabling Google Now Cards