Android Users Can Now Say “OK Google” to Send Messages via WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat & Others
Google app just got an update! Now you can send your messages by saying “OK Google” on Android phone to your favorite messaging service. In the past, on saying “OK Google send a message to Sidd” it would just send via your default-messaging app. Now you can specify which app to use by saying “OK, Google, send a WhatsApp message to Sidd” and it’ll pick the right app. To kick things off, be it WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, Telegram or NextPlus, you could pick any from the bunch and Google will send your message, giving rest to your thumbs.
You just need to make sure you have updated all your messaging apps, as well as the latest updated Google search app to avail this service. If either is outdated, you’ll just get an error message or a bunch of search results. This comes as awesome news, especially to countries that do not use SMS very much as the previous way wasn’t of much use to them.
The time to struggle on tiny keyboards and send dozens of messages a day has gone by. Google has made life easier, as you can just talk it into sending messages, much more conveniently via the desired app. Just like mailing was made quicker by the talk function, this way has made multiple-app messaging easier, however, we wonder how would private messaging be benefitted over this.
“With all of us spending so much time in apps, we’ve been working to add new ways to surface the right content from your apps at the right time. Over the past few months, you may have seen Now cards from many of your favorite apps and new ways to also get things done across your apps by just asking Google something, like “Ok Google, Shazam this song” or “Show me apartments for rent near me on Zillow.” So type less and speak more—your thumbs will thank you,” posted Sunil Vemuri, Product Manager.
The function is currently available only in English, but the good news is that Google has plans to add more languages very soon.
This integration done by Google is a wider push to the launch of custom voice actions on Android back in April this year. With broadening the perks of it and opening the service to third-party apps, Google has just made way to an experience the users cannot get anywhere else!