Google Now on Tap was announced at Google IO 2015, at the time to much excitement. Jump forward to today and it turns out that while exciting, the feature didn’t turn out to be as useful as it was exciting. Google’s hoping to fix that by adding some new functionality.
This is one of those “why wasn’t it already in there” features. For screens that contain a lot of text, you can now highlight just the text you want extra information about. To active simply highlight the text and hold on the home button and now on tap will launch with results just for the highlighted words.
How about getting more information about an image? Want to identify the make of a car? Or what kind of tree you’re looking at? Now on Tap will scan images on your screen and perform a Google image search.
I tried this with mixed results, so it will be interested to see how useful this ends up being.
Imagine your standing in front of a famous monument but you don’t know its name. How are you going to find out more information about it? Easy, load up your camera, frame it, hold the home button and Now on Tap will scan your screen and return results, just as if it was an image search.
These updates are rolling out everywhere Now on Tap is available.
Do you think these new features will make you use Now on Tap more often? Let us know what you think Now on Tap should add.