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The new screen search gesture on Android 14 QPR1 takes inspiration from Google Now on Tap.


Android 14 QPR1 search screen hero image

Credit: Mishaal Rahman / Android Authority
  • By pressing and holding the home button, Google Now on Tap allows you to search your screen.

  • Regrettably, Now on Tap was discontinued and a suitable substitute was never introduced.

  • The first preview release of Android 14 suggests the possibility of a successor to this much-loved feature.


Do you recall Google’s Now on Tap? This was a beneficial feature that Google introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, allowing users to press and hold the home button to analyze their screen’s contents. However, after the launch of Google Assistant, Now on Tap was discontinued. While Assistant did include the ability to search the screen, it was not as easily accessible and would sometimes disappear. Luckily, Google is in the process of developing a new gesture for screen search that is reminiscent of the Now on Tap feature.