Google announced the release of Android Marshmallow a few months back and as always we are glad that this update will be hitting us in the coming week. As always, supported Nexus devices and Android one smartphones will be the first to get a taste of the Android confection.
In anticipation of this new update, let’s peek into 7 of the best new features to expect from your Marshmallow device as culled from the verge.
Google Now On Tap
Google Now on Tap is easily Marshmallow’s standout feature. It takes Google Now — the predictive assistant that’s been beside your home screen for a couple years — and lets it crawl through your apps so that you can get extra info on basically anything almost instantly.
Here’s how it works: your press and hold the home button while inside of any app, and Google Now will read the screen, look for anything interesting — like the name of a celebrity, an event, or a location — and then return information on what it sees in a little popup box on the bottom of the screen.
If someone texts you the name of a restaurant, for instance, Now on Tap might see its name and present you with its location on a map. Or if you’re on a news story about a celebrity, Now on Tap might pull up their information from Wikipedia or give you the chance to jump to their page in the IMDb app.
It’s an incredibly cool feature, and our initial tests showed it working quite well (albeit under a controlled environment).
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