In Google Sheets on a PC it is possible to use Ctrl+Shift+: to insert the current time into a (time formatted) cell in Google Sheets.

How can this be done when using a sheet on an android mobile phone keyboard?

IN edit:
I see that =now() will insert the current time (acknowledgements to @OlegS) but the cell has conditional formatting according to the time of day (in 3 bands - am, pm and evening). Entering the time using Ctrl+Shift+: applies the correct colour but =now() does not seem to respect the conditional format. The condition is:
(for example)

value is between 10:00:00 and 16:00:00

and the cell is given a different fill colour.

Is this because the full result of =now() includes the date as well as the time in a complete string and is there a way within the function to limit the result just to the time element?

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    This shortcut won't work on phone, instead you can use formula NOW() to return current time and paste it as value.
    – Oleg_S
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:20
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    Yes, NOW() returns date as well, to get time value, wrap it in TIMEVALUE(NOW()).
    – Oleg_S
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 13:54
  • @OlegS That works perfectly with the conditional formatting. Thanks. If you would add that as an answer I will upvote and accept it. Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 14:41

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The shortcuts won't work on Android. Instead, you have to use the formula =NOW() which will provide the complete date and time result in a cell.

To get just the time value for conditional formatting use TIMEVALUE(NOW())

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