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Android M gets native QR Code scanning via Google Now on Tap

Google first revealed the Now on Tap feature during the 2015 I/O developers’ conference. Google released it near the end of the 2015 but it was less than impressive.

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Now, in July 2016, Google has upgraded Now on Tap with a few useful improvements.

“Today, we’re introducing new Now on Tap features that surface useful content and create a more engaging experience. With these updates, users can translate text on any page, discover more about the things that interest them, and learn more about products by using QR codes and bar codes in Search by Image.” – Google

For us, QR Code scanning is the most interesting addition to Now on Tap. This ensures that all mobile devices running Android M (6.0) will have a native QR Code scanner.

Also see the list of QR Code scanners for iPhone and Android.

How to Scan QR Codes using Google Now on Tap

a. Open your phone camera

b. Touch and hold the Home button to activate Now on Tap

c. Scan QR Codes and Barcodes

Google has added and removed QR Code scanning features in the past. But QR Codes are currently popular in China and South-east Asia. This is why the search giant decided to add the feature in its latest Android OS.

The new features of Google Now on Tap are expected to roll out soon.



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