Google Just Wiped Out “Google Now” From the Google App

Before you freakout at that title, understand that the idea of Google Now is very much still in the Google App, it’s just that Google doesn’t appear to want to refer to its services any longer as “Now.” Well, at least that’s what the new Google App beta is leading us to believe.

Last night, Google pushed out an update to beta testers of the Google App. For the most part, we aren’t seeing any major changes, but if you go into settings for the app, you won’t find “Google Now” mentioned anywhere. For example, “Now cards” has been switched to “Feed” and “Now on Tap” is now known simply as “Screen search.” You may recall that Google Now has been one of the most important and innovative software features that Google has ever released to mobile, so to see the brand or name of it disappear is odd, to say the least.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets the Feature It Should Have had From Day 1

Sorry for the clickbaity title, but it seemed so perfect for the new “feature,” if you can call it that, that arrived in the Google App Beta today. As you launch Google Now on Tap from your home screen this morning, Google will now show you the Google Now cards you have available. Instead of having to swipe into Google Now or create a Google shortcut to it or some other work-around, a long-press on your phone’s home button will get you right into it. Let’s be honest, this should have been included from day 1.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets Translating From Any Screen, New Discover Mode, Barcode/QR Scanning

Google Now on Tap, a one-time cool but limited party trick, is sure turning into the useful service we all hoped (and sort of envisioned) it could be come. The latest wave of new features to hit the in-the-moment search service includes the ability to translate text from any screen, discover new content in a new Discover mode, and quickly find out information about products by scanning barcodes and QR codes.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets a Tap-To-Select Text Option and It’s Awesome (Updated)

A new change to Google Now on Tap began rolling out this week, one that should instantly turn it into a much more useful tool in almost any situation, because it gives you some control over what is being analyzed on the screen. Take a look at the screenshots above. Are you seeing the new addition? Yep, it’s the tap-to-select icon sandwiched in between the share and menu buttons.

So how does this work? It’s pretty simple, yet enormously powerful. As you initiate a Google Now on Tap action, you get the initial screen analysis as you always do with Now on Tap. But should the results not come back with anything or show items you weren’t exactly looking for more information on, you can punch that tap-to-select icon before then selecting specific items of text.  (more…)

Google Assistant is a More Personalized Google Search Experience

Google is essentially rebranding Google Now and the overall Google Search experience for individual users, announcing Google Assistant at this year’s Google I/O developer conference. Unlike the 1-way conversations we have with Google right now, Assistant is a 2-way conversation between you and Google. Contextually aware, Assistant builds on the progress Google has already made to make Search smarter.

As an example for Assistant, a user could search for SF Giants, then be met with all of the information they need regarding that baseball team. Once complete, suggestions will be shown for the SF Giants, such as roster, ticket sales, and more. From here, Assistant knows that you want information pertaining to the SF Giants, so it will recommend other detailed Giants information from the web, YouTube, and other sources. The same can be done for a movie that is in theaters, or other events taking place.  (more…)

Report: Project Chirp, Google’s Amazon Echo Competitor, to be Called Google Home

On the eve of Google I/O, details are emerging regarding Google’s Project Chirp. If you have missed the previous reports, Project Chirp (otherwise known simply as Chirp), is the Amazon Echo competitor device that Google is working on, said to be powered by Google Now and other Google technologies. According to the latest report from the New York Times, Chirp will be officially called Google Home, set to be unveiled during Google’s keynote address tomorrow morning in Mountain View, CA.  (more…)

Hey, Remember Google Now on Tap? Oh, Well, Here is a Video on How It Works

Maybe Google read the comments of this thread of ours or maybe they plan to give it another go at Google I/O next week, but the latest video from the Google YouTube channel is all about Google Now on Tap and how it works. Did you forget about it or have you yet to find an occasion where you needed it? This video could help give you some motivation.

Also, is anyone else wondering why they are referring to Android Marshmallow as just Android M? Is that a new thing going forward? Did I miss that memo?