Google Now on Tap is here! Well, sort of. If you have a device running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow developer preview 3, you can install the latest version of the Google app (v18.104.22.168) and start to take advantage of its power.
As a recap, Google Now on Tap is a beefed up version of Google Now, that allows you to find out more information about the “people, places, movies, and more” that are on your screen. The idea is that you may be in a conversation or an app with a subject you need to know more about now, yet you don’t want to be taken out of the situation to go find that new info. With Now on Tap, a simple long-press of the home button presents you with relevant cards about the information on your screen. If you want artist info, restaurant menus, movie times, or sports information, you can get that on your screen with the press of a button and without doing much else.
We’ll have a more detailed demo of Now on Tap here shortly and will add it to this post. For now, check out the few screenshots below to get a better understanding of the type of information. (Edit: No, no we won’t because Google decided to kill it this morning.)
The update also brings the new vertical scrolling app drawer, that was unveiled during the Android M Preview 1 (and then fixed in preview 2), to all devices. I’m a huge fan of it and think you’ll enjoy it as well.