Google Now on Tap has yet to really find its way into that “must have” category for many, as the information it pulls up is often hit and miss.
There’s a new improvement rolling out with the Google app beta that may help alleviate this. When you launch Now on Tap (if you’re one of the lucky few, anyway) you’ll see some of the cards that you’d find in Google Now, such as weather or upcoming events. You’ll also see icons to set a reminder, create an event, set a timer, or other commands.
It’s one of those staggered rollouts to the beta channel of the Google app, as I was able to launch these on a Galaxy S7 Edge but not on a Nexus 5X. Your results may vary.
If you want to make this appear, you’ll want to grab the Google app beta. You’ll see more frequent updates and occasional new features like this one, though of course it could mean some bugs.
The impact on you: Google’s been trying to make it’s services more predictive, as we’ve seen Google Now beget Now on Tap. The culmination of this is the Google Assistant, which should make an appearance with the next Nexus phones. Until then such new features offer us all the ways that Google plans to have its intelligence engine try to make better predictions about the information you need.