Google IO 2015 now on tap

At its I/O 2015 keynote today, Google has just announced Now on Tap, an update to Google Search integration on Android M which brings contextual information to your fingertips when you need it. The core feature of Now On Tap is delivering information when you need it so you no longer have to exit what you’re doing – such as listening to music or texting your friends – to find a quick piece of information.

As part of the company’s upcoming Android M release, you will be able to ask Google for assistance with whatever you are doing, regardless of where you are on your phone and what you are doing. One example of this on-stage was a conversation where you learn you need to drop off the dry cleaning; with “Now on Tap” you can tap and hold the home button and it will deliver a list of dry cleaners and then set a smart reminder card so you don’t forget.

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Another example is receiving an email from a friend to see the new movie Tomorrowland; simply invoke Google Now without leaving the app you’re using and you’ll be able to quickly see the ratings, watch a trailer or even buy tickets for the movie and then head straight back to the app you were using.

Android M will also allow you to let you launch Google Now using the “Ok Google” voice command from any screen and any app on your phone. Google Now will then bring contextual awareness so if you’re listening to a band on Spotify, you can just say “Ok Google, who’s the lead singer” and it’ll recognise the context of your search.

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Google Now on Tap will launch with Android M later this year and will work with any app whose developer has had their app indexed by Google.

Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.

    Doesn’t seem to groundbreaking.

    • Syukri Lajin

      not ground breaking? that is skynet in the making.

      • Phydeux

        Rudimentary artificial intelligence does not mean it’s going to suddenly become self-aware.

        • Syukri Lajin

          one step at a time

          • Phydeux

            That’s not a step, that’s an enormous leap. One that’s not likely to happen anytime in our lifetimes or those of our children.

          • Syukri Lajin

            you must be fun

          • Phydeux

            Considering I’ve got 25 years in the IT industry under my belt, I’ve got a very clear view of the state of AI. And trust me, it’s so rudimentary they can barely get a machine to know whether it’s in a room or on the moon.

            Volvo just got egg on its face because its driverless car wiped out some journalists.

            And your phone can barely understand you well enough to dictate a text message, provided you’re in a quiet room with no echoes, an excellent signal to the cloud, and don’t have a noticeable accent.

          • Syukri Lajin

            good to know(as if nobody else didn’t knew). i hope no one invites you to a party.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Like Phydeux said, there is zero AI involved in this add-on.

        No wonder everyone thinks roiders know nothing.

  • Fallendown2005

    Just installed it, so far so good…..

  • digreene3

    And Apple thought they had the lead with Force Touch. THIS is innovation

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Your right, months after Apple do it, Google Innovate by talking about it, or showing a render, no actual hardware, just talk after Apple.

      I love the way Google always innovate after Apple do anything.

      • digreene3

        Ok, first, up your grammar and spelling if you want to have any credibility. Second, Now On Tap is software based, so what hardware are you referring to. And third, I have no doubt that this will work. Android is king at app integration something Apple doesn’t even have and Google Now is already a proficient and highly useful virtual assistant that far outmatches Siri and Now On Tap it is set to be much more useful than Force Touch. P.S. Google Chrome for android can basically do what Force Touch does before force touch and without the need for a hardware change.

        • MattEgansHairLine

          like the USB-c, render no product again (or as everyone calls it; Lighting 2).

          Google now, another copy of voice control from 2011. Are they sharing ‘always listening’ data with the same company as Samsung?

          how’s Googles Apple Pay coming along?

          How’s googles Touch ID coming, of course it will work with phones without scanners!

          Two years late with 64-bit, two years behind with touch interface, two years behind with fingerprint scanners.

          Do you still want to talk snout credibility?

          • digreene3

            It’s really hard to understand what you’re saying. and it’s ‘second’. Second and secondly are interchangeable. Google has a product with USB C (,2817,2478157,00.asp ). It doesn’t abandon the other ports like Apple did with the new macbook. Google already had mobile payments (Google wallet). There was an Android phone with finger print scanner before the 5s ( )
            Also what are you talking about when you say “touch interfaces”

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Funny little boy trying to justify bring a little moron.

            To much punctuation and misspellings, and thinks they can correct others.

            You’re a S.E.F. who uses haemorRoid who thinks they are an expert but fail every time with you obvious lack of experience or manners.

            Don’t tell me, you are a professional consumer phone user!

          • digreene3

            What the hell are you talking about. It is honestly hard to understand you. You’re speaking in half thoughts and sentence fragments. And I can’t discern questions from statements

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Your a cunt, clear enough?

          • digreene3

            Not really. I think you mean “you’re.”

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Are you talking about a render of a laptop?

            Your pigeon English doesn’t make much sense?

            Or are you saying Android Pay is a direct copy of Apple Pay after Google Wallet bombed?