Google Now On Tap was one of the more exciting announcements at this year’s Google I/O event, allowing Android users to access Google Now for immediate, contextually relevant information on anything they might be searching for or talking about on their Android-based device. Not to be outdone, though, Microsoft has updated one of its apps to bring similar features to Android devices — even before Google does.
Recently, Microsoft updated its Bing Search app for Android that offers what the company calls “snapshots.” With snapshots, users can press and hold their Home button with the Bing Search app installed, and a card will pop up over whatever app you might have been using. That card will show information based on what you were looking at, just like Google Now On Tap, and Microsoft indicates that information will be gathered from Wikipedia, Airbnb, Yelp and probably other sources.
Bing snapshots can even show more information about the weather, too.
If you want to try out Bing Search and the new snapshots feature, you’ll need to be running Android 4.4 or higher and have the latest version of the app on your device. For those that have been waiting to try out Google Now On Tap, this might be a nice alternative until that launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unless you’re completely against using Bing, of course.