Google Announces Updates to Now on Tap

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This year at Google I/O, Google introduced Now On Tap as part of Marshmallow, the latest Android release. It let users utilize Google Now from third-party apps rather than just Google itself.

On Tuesday, Google announced some updates to the feature, which it says will be useful to people throughout the holiday season as well as the rest of the year. In a post on the company's Inside Search blog, product manager Aneto Okonkwo writes:

On airport pick-up duty? If your cousin sends you a text with his flight number, simply tap and hold your phone’s home button to get info on flight status without a separate search. Your text message is still right there, so you can respond easily after a quick peek.

If you need make sure all the last-minute gifts you ordered online will make it under the tree on time, tapping and holding on your confirmation email will display tracking info and the status of your package.

With news articles on Google, you you can now tap and hold to get links to related articles. You'll see an icon when you can use Now on Tap to share what's on your screen without having to leave what you're doing.

The new features are rolling out over the coming days. Additionally, Google is expanding Now on Tap to more languages including: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Korean. More languages are coming soon.

Read this for thoughts about how businesses may benefit from Now on Tap.

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Chris Crum
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