Google's Now On Tap Adds QR Scanning to Camera, Instant Translations
Google today announced an update to its Now On Tap search tool that adds several compelling new functions. First, a long press of the home button will allow people to scan any QR code or barcode when using the camera. Once scanned, Google will return basic information about the product complete with links to more in-depth searches. Now On Tap can now translate languages on nearly any screen. Now On Tap can detect foreign languages in a wide variety of apps. Users can tap the translation card to translate the languages on the screen to the device's native language. At launch, the feature supports translations to English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Last, Google added a Discover Mode tool that can be used to deliver a stream of visual content related to whatever is on the screen. Google says this is best used for browsing and exploring, rather than finding specific details. The new Now On Tap tools are available in the Google Search app for devices running Android 6 Marshmallow and up.
Google Now On Tap Lets You Search Selected Text and Images
Google today announced an update to its Now On Tap feature for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Moving forward, users will be able to highlight the exact set of text they'd like to search via Now On Tap.
Google Translate Gains 'Tap to Translate'
Google has updated its Google Translate app for Android and iOS mobile devices with a handful of new features. A tool called Tap to Translate in the Android app makes it simpler to translate text on the go.
Google Extends Neural Machine Translation to More Tongues
Google has updated its Google Translate service and made it possible to generate higher-quality translations for a handful of new languages. Specifically, Google has applied its neural machine translation technique to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese.
Google Tweaks Search with Fresh Discovery Tools
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.