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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally here, and it’s just as sweet as we were expecting. The user interface is very much like Lollipop, but Google has packed in a lot of cool new features that you might not realize are there. That’s why we put together this guide, to help you get the most out of your Marshmallow update.
Related: Our Android 6.0 Marshmallow review
Updated on 3-13-2016 by Simon Hill: Reformatted the article, added tips about app permissions, link associations, the file manager, text selection, and volume controls.
How to use Google Now on Tap
Google Now already provides you with relevant information on a daily basis, but Google Now on Tap takes it one step further by giving you instant information when you need it. We’ve all been in a situation where someone texts us to meet at a particular restaurant, and we want to know more information about the spot. Normally, you close your messenger app and search for the restaurant on Google by typing in the name, or copying and pasting it. That’s so old school. With Google Now on Tap, you can leave your messenger app open, and press and hold the home button for relevant information about the restaurant. Google will automatically provide you with links for navigating to the location, browsing menus, and placing a call to make reservations. It even lets you open relevant apps on your device, such as Yelp.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, though, given Google Now on Tap works with just about any app that’s installed on your device. The next time you’re watching a movie, try Google Now on Tap to get links for the trailer on YouTube and the IMDB page, as well as separate links for each actor and actress in it. Let’s say you see a post on Google+ or Facebook of someone mentioning the movie, The Walk. Google Now on Tap will provide the same information. It will also work with just about any place, movie, TV show, or song that’s displayed on your screen.