Q. How is Google Now on Tap supposed to work? I donât see any difference between it and the original Google Now screens, even though my tablet is updated to Android 6.0.
A. As its name implies, the Google Now on Tap service shows additional information about a topic on your screen when you tap and hold a smartphone or tabletâs home button. It can save you the step of switching to the Google app to search or looking at Google Now cards for that extra information.
For example, when looking at a page of match scores in a soccer app, pressing down on the home button summons Google Now on Tap from the bottom of the screen, showing several boxes to choose from, including news, photos and social media links related to the game.
Google Now on Tap can be handy in many situations, including providing background details and reviews for movies, television shows, music albums, restaurants, news events and other topics presented within apps or the web browser. When Google Now on Tap is enabled, you can also verbally ask a question prefaced with âO.K., Googleâ from any app.
Google Now on Tap is part of the Google app for Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). The service currently works in English and Japanese. If your phone or tablet meets all these criteria and you still get only the standard Google Now screen when you press and hold the home button, Google Now on Tap may be not be enabled. You can turn it on in the Google appâs settings.
On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app icon and tap the three-line Menu icon in the top left of the screen. From the menu panel, select Settings and then tap Now Cards on the next screen. Switch on the button next to Now on Tap. In the box that pops up, tap the Turn On button to enable Google Now on Tap. (You can also switch on the service from the Voice settings in the Google app.)