Google formally announces Chrome’s new tap to search feature, will support Asian languages eventually


Google Chrome text search

After it began rolling out earlier this week, Google is now formally announcing their latest feature to hit Chrome: tap to search. If you haven’t noticed this yet, you basically tap anywhere there’s text on a web page and Google Search tab will appear near the bottom. If you slide it up, you’ll be presented with Google Search results straight from inside the Chrome web browser.

Since this is working in Chrome, Google knows the context of the word or phrase being searched, meaning if you search “Active” when visiting a page about the Galaxy S6 Active, it’ll pull up Galaxy S6 Active results. Well, at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. You can see it in action in the GIF down below.

Google Chrome tap to search

It’s already rolling out to Android devices courtesy of the Chrome web browser so if you don’t have it yet, give it a download. While it’s only English at the moment, Google promises to have Asian languages covered in the near future so be on the lookout.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Oh isht just noticed

  2. nice, i began to get this two days ago. i’ve been meaning to google it, but couldn’t figure out how to describe it lol. very useful feature

  3. Extremely helpful and awesome feature.

  4. Damn, Google has made the Android platform so damn awesome. With every update to the OS my phone is becoming more a daily necessary tool than anything else. Talk about solving a problem that people have and didn’t realize.

    1. this is an app update, but Yes, the O.S. updates are awesome as well :-)

  5. Love this feature!

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