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.
7-Eleven to Let Customers Scan and Pay for Goods Via their Phone
Nov 5, 2018
7-Eleven is testing a new way for customers to pay for items as they shop at 7-Eleven retail locations. The Scan & Pay feature is being added to the 7-Eleven mobile app.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
May 17, 2017
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Scanning Tool
Feb 2, 2017
Google today updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and added a novel tool: a QR and barcode scanner. iPhone owners can scan a QR code or barcode by using 3D Touch on the app logo or by searching for "QR" in iOS's Spotlight search bar.
Facebook Messenger Gains Augmented Reality and Translations
May 1, 2018
Facebook today announced several new features headed to its Facebook Messenger service. First up is augmented reality in the Messenger platform.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
May 26, 2017
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.