Google Assistant can now read WhatsApp, Telegram, and Slack messages out loud, and even reply to them. Earlier, the voice assistant was restricted to reading SMS texts sent by the use of the local messaging app only, but now the function helps third-party communication apps as well. This includes apps like GroupMe, Discord, Slack, Telegram, WhatsApp, and lots of more. To use the new function, users have to activate Google Assistant on their Android smartphone, and say the command ‘read my messages’.
You can get the Google assistant app here;
You can easily check if this feature works for you or not, by activating Google Assistant and commanding it to ‘read my messages’. Make sure that you have some unread messages waiting in your notifications list for this to work.
Google Assistant will pick your messages one after the other and read them aloud. It will show you the message in the form of a card, and will tell you from who the message is and from which app (GroupMe, Discord, Slack, Telegram, WhatsApp) it’s also from, and then ask you if you want to hear it or not. If you say ‘yes’ then the message will be read out loud. In case of an audio, video, or an image, the Assistant will simply say that ‘the message contains an audio,video or a photo’, and won’t play the media for you.
Once the text message is read out loud, the Assistant will ask you if you want to reply the read message. You can then speak your message, and the Assistant will convert it into text and send it to the group or individual. If there are several messages, Google Assistant will prompt you of all, until the list is over. Once all the messages are read out loud and replies are sent, Assistant will intimate the user that ‘this was the last one’.
This useful feature is now showing up on Android smartphones, and it seems to have been rolled out just a few days ago.
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