Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2015 18:45 UTC

After Android M, Google also talked a lot about Google Now - which is getting a major upgrade called Now on Tap. In short, Now on Tap is context-aware, and knows what's going on in the application you're using right now. If someone sends you a WhatsApp message that says "Want to have dinner at Chez Fred tonight?", you can bring up a Google Now overlay without leaving WhatsApp that shows you a Google Now card with information pertaining to Chez Fred. Or, if you're listening to a song on Spotify, you can just say "OK Google, who's the lead singer", and Google Now will provide the answer.

We're working to make Google Now a little smarter in the upcoming Android M release, so you can ask it to assist you with whatever you're doing - right in the moment, anywhere on your phone. With "Now on tap," you can simply tap and hold the home button for assistance without having to leave what you’re doing - whether you're in an app or on a website. For example, if a friend emails you about seeing the new movie Tomorrowland, you can invoke Google Now without leaving your app, to quickly see the ratings, watch a trailer, or even buy tickets - then get right back to what you were doing.

Developers do not have to do anything to their applications to make them work with Now on Tap - they only need to be indexed by Google.

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OK Google
by darknexus on Thu 28th May 2015 19:50 UTC
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Or, if you're listening to a song on Spotify, you can just say "OK Google, who's the lead singer", and Google Now will provide the answer.

Sure, if Google would bother to actually make that feature work again. It's broken for my Moto G and many Galaxy S6 owners ever since a few updates back. It's still not fixed. And yes, it was most definitely a Google Update that broke it, though no one's sure if it was an update to the Google app or if it's a Play Services update that did it. This is all over Google's own product forums and, while largely an issue on the Galaxy S6, it has also affected 2nd gen Moto G owners such as myself and I have a friend with a Nexus 6 that has also been affected. forget making Now smarter, and make your developers smarter first.

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Comment by hobgoblin
by hobgoblin on Thu 28th May 2015 20:23 UTC
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On the one hand cool.

On the other, who don't you just put a NSA/Google/statsi/KGB goon on my back 24/7?!

Edited 2015-05-28 20:23 UTC

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RE: Comment by hobgoblin
by Pro-Competition on Thu 28th May 2015 20:34 UTC in reply to "Comment by hobgoblin"
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I agree. IMHO, the small benefit of these "services" that track everything you do is not worth it.

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New motto
by Carewolf on Thu 28th May 2015 20:42 UTC
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Google, may I suggest a new motto for you to try to live by? It could make things a lot easier for you.

Google: Don't be creepy.

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Aligning with the "Don't be Creepy" suggestion

I've had a strong suspicion that Google has been working in a context aware layer and/or listening for a while. And integrating it

I know the Omnibox will be able to makes some very well taught guesses after a few keys stroke a lot of the time just from people's overall statistical search patters.

But FAR too many times - I have noticed that if I'm listening to something but particularly watching something of TV and there's a strong topic of conversation going on or something like that - Goggle nails that Topic/Person/etc spot on with the first letter!

So, I've been almost sure they are Either actually listening to the background and preloading their search results /omnibox auto-completes with the content;
Or they're preloading with data from TV listings/schedules and that's nearly as bad anyway.
Anyhow - this announcement pretty much convinces me.

And while it's all creepy... we're going to have a star trek quality computer control dialogue in a few years methinks. Productivity for office chores should rocket

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My guess is it works in a different way. And you should think of that similar to as 'trending on Twitter' works.

If a lot of people search for something on Google at this time, Google will suggest that term first.

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Dont worry, it won't work
by reduz on Fri 29th May 2015 12:46 UTC
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Same as Siri, get the answer wrong a few times and you won't bother again with it.
Also speaking to your phone still makes you look like an idiot.

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RE: Dont worry, it won't work
by Lobotomik on Fri 29th May 2015 13:24 UTC in reply to "Dont worry, it won't work"
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I agree about the fail-and-desist. I notice the "still" and also agree -- that might change. Simply talking on a cellphone made you look like an idiot not so long ago. Then talking with a headset. Then having a large phone...

I think taking pics with a iPad will always make you look like an idiot, though.

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by Anonymous on Thu 4th Jun 2015 20:03 UTC