Microsoft beats Google to the tap with Bing On Tap features

Android Marshmellow, confirmed to be Android 6.0 (versus 5.2), is sure to bring many big changes to the Android ecosystem. One of the new features discussed briefly during Google I/O 2015 was something called Google Now on Tap.

Despite a mouthful of a name, Google Now on Tap will bring Google Now-like abilities for use in other apps. For example, activating Google Now on Tap while viewing a message from your spouse asking you to pick up milk on the way home will Bing Snapshotbring up a prompt to set a reminder to do just that. This is just one example of all that Google Now on Tap will be able to do.

This will change the way people use their smartphones, as it is just one step closer to having your phone be an actual smartphone. Alas, we must wait for Google to release this along with Android Marshmallow…

Unless you’re willing to use Bing, instead. Microsoft has updated Bing to enable you to use it much like Google Now on Tap will function. So it seems they beat them to the tap. Alright, that’s out of my system.

Dubbed “Snapshot”, Bing will tap (couldn’t help it…) into sources like Wikipedia, Airbnb, Lonely Planet, and more in order to bring you relevant information to what’s on your screen. Check out the promo video below

If you’d like to give Bing Snapshot a shot (okay okay I know I know…) hit the widget below. Let us know what you think.

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via 9to5Google

  • Kim Schulz

    I wouldnt use bing, even if I got paid to do it. Worst search experience ever (it’s like the old yahoo but with even less useful result)

    • You know you sound very outdated. Bing has been more or less equal to Google in search result quality, while offering a cleaner and better designed interface with more speed than Google. Now I am saying this by using it in India and not US.

    • You actually can get paid to use it. It’s not the worst search experience, it’s actually quite good.