Google Now on Tap (while it’s still called that) is showing new quick-add options

Amongst all the things that Google gives us to distract us (Allo and Duo, anyone), every now and then they sneak something in which actually makes Android easier to use for us all. These changes to Google Now will be quite useful to people who use their phones to manage their lives and their days, and I can say that I’ll be using these things quite regularly.

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Activating Google Now brings up this panel with six easy options which, in order, allow you to do the following:

  • Create a new reminder which Google Now will remind you to do
  • Create a new calendar event
  • Set a timer e.g. for cooking your dinner
  • Set an alarm quickly
  • Quickly navigate to home from wherever you are
  • Navigate to work

These are things that I do on a daily basis, and Google obviously knows that a lot of people use these shortcuts more than others. This makes it so much easier to add something to you calendar… just long press on the home button (or on-screen home icon), tap event, and bam, you’re creating a new calendar entry.

That takes out a good number of clicks, depending on your setup, and makes things that you need quickly that much easier to find.

We’re seeing this on Nexus devices, Samsung’s S7 Edge and others.

Let us know if you’re seeing it, or not, on your device. Will you be using this? What other shortcuts do you think Google could use here?

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  • Yeah showed up on a home screen search (not in an app).
    Might use it for getting to calendar or reminders... But OK Google is probably easier for timers ... Especially as the Now search still takes a while to present the shortcut as it wants to search first.

    Feels a bit like iOS slide up control centre as a way to get to some shortcuts... But seeing as sliding up might app drawer access in these pixel phones that method is out

  • Just noticed it on my Moto x pure this morning. I had long pressed the home button... not sure how long its been there. It's really convenient when you're unable to give voice commands. I'll utilize it often.

  • Are you serious? I just saw this article and thought that Google actually added "more" options. These were available for a while...

  • Had it a while on htc10. It's faster to just do verbal commands. From the time I press the button it takes about 5s for all that to load. Pita

  • I'm looking for a way to add a shortcut on one of my home pages for the "where did I park" card... I think that'd be a nice new Google Now feature that others would likely appreciate.

    • That comes up for me in my notification bar after I've been somewhere beside home for more then an hour or two.

  • in addition - when you swipe up you get more quick navigation options like gas stations, atms etc which is helpful

  • Millions of people have been screaming that the stock ticker card is broken. When the hell is Google going to address this. Or should we just murder Eric Schmidt?

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