While Google had originally told us that Now on Tap wouldn’t be active in the Android M Developer Previews, a few week ago a new version of the Google app started rolling out, and with it came support for Now on Tap for those running the preview. Less than a half day later, Google turned off support with users receiving the message “Google can’t be reached”.
If you are currently running the preview, the good news is that Now on Tap is back! For now, the only devices that can utilize the service are the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, or the Nexus 9. Of course, both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will also offer support when they arrive later next month.
As a refresher, Now on Tap is basically an extension of Google’s Now and Search functions. With Google Now On Tap, you can more easily get access to information when you need it, without having to leave what you’re doing to go into Search. For example, if you are in your email client and a friend asks you about going to a movie, you can long press the home button to bring up a Google Now card with information relevant to the movie such as rating and cast info.
For more details on Google Now on Tap, check out our hands-on demo from Google I/O. Those with the Android M Preview already loaded up, is Google Now on Tap working for you again? What do you think of it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.