Google's personal assistant gets smarter with 'Now on Tap'

Updates take advantage of deeper context understanding to help users

Aparna Chennapragada at Google I/O 2015

Aparna Chennapragada at Google I/O 2015

Google Now is getting new capabilities with a new "Now on Tap" update that should make it easier to find contextually-relevant information.

The update uses machine learning to people find information more quickly based on the context of what they're doing on their Android phone. Case in point: if a person gets an invite to a restaurant in the Viber chat app, they can press and hold the phone's home button to get a link to OpenTable to place a reservation or view the restaurant's menu.

Similarly, users will be able to get information more easily about the music they're listening to, without having to spell out an entire query. Google Now Product Director Aparna Chennapragada showed how you could be listening to Skrillex and ask "What's his real name?" and the assistant will pull up the artist's biography. (Incidentally, his name is Sonny John Moore.)

The enhancements come at a time when the digital assistant market is becoming more competitive. Microsoft is bringing its Bing-powered assistant Cortana to PCs and tablets with the launch of Windows 10 later this year, and Apple is rumored to be working on Google Now-like features for Siri.

It's not clear when the new capabilities will arrive, but they'll be coming to Android M, the next version of Google's mobile operating system due in the third quarter.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesGoogleAndroidconsumer electronicsAparna Chennapragada

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?