Google Now On Tap Looks Sweet With Marshmallow
And when Android 6.0 Marshmallow arrives in force Now On Tap could prove to change smartphone interaction for some time to come. With Google Now we got a glimpse of what would become Now On Tap but it seems the difference is striking. Google Now gave the Android user a different kind of control and personalization and still allows for returning to what had been default. According to Google's Android website "Now on Tap anticipates what you need in the moment. With a simple tap, you can get cards with useful information and apps that feed your need to know". Now On Tap has far more than that and could prove to outsmart other smartphone manufacturer's options.
The idea is to give the Android user access to relevant information about any topic from within any app or any website for that matter. More than that it just takes a tap and hold of the home button - from any app within the system - to bring up info-cards on any material displayed on the screen. Let's say you have a date for a concert and it's in your calendar. Bring up that calendar event, hit and hold the home button, get the card with the info on that concert. Play a music video and you can get info on that band just as easy. Chatting about dinner at your favorite restaurant? Many websites contain links to other information and Now On Tap aims to provide even more pertinent information when hitting that home button. Now On Tap will bring up options including YouTube videos, Maps, direct phone calls, and many other things related to whatever your subject is.
Naturally the first question one might ask is: How good will it be? For the matter will it have problems out of the box? We shall see relatively soon as Google's Android website states that "Android Marshmallow is coming to a Nexus device near you". This allegedly means very soon and that makes sense whereas the Nexus is tied to the Google product line, but - they also state "Don’t miss dessert. Check back to find out when your device will be upgraded to Marshmallow". Have a look at more on Android 6.0 M (Marshmallow) and Now On Tap at Google's Android website.