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Google's Now On Tap Adds QR Scanning to Camera, Instant Translations

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Jul 6, 2016, 11:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

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