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Google I/O 2015 is on a run, and Google has announced an update about its upcoming Android M operating system, which will have improved Google Search integration.
If you’ve used Google Now, you’re probably familiar with how Google streamlined mobile search, and now they are taking it a step further with Now On Tap, which will give you instant access to contextual information.
The main issue with using Google Now on an Android device was that it worked like a dedicated application, which meant you’d have to exit your current app in order to use it.
Now on Tap will change that, so you can get the information you want from any screen, without having to close the app you are using, whether its your music player or messaging app.
Google gave some examples of Now On Tap’s contextual use, such as you finding out in an email about a plan your friends have made for a movie night. You can simply bring up Now On Tap and find that movie’s ratings, reviews and ticket availability without leaving the email app.
Similarly, the “Ok Google” voice command will work on Android M as well, and Google has integrated contextual search with Spotify too. So if you’re listening to a song on Spotify, you can ask Google to tell you who the lead singer is – and Google Now will understand the context of your query.
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There is no word on Google Now On Tap becoming available on older versions of Android, but its definitely going to debut with Android M later this year.
What do you think about Google Now On Tap? Is Google moving in the right direction as far as its mobile search experience is concerned? We’re also excited about Android M and the new features it will come with. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please comment below to let us know.