The Google Assistant became a little more complete and was able to read messages from third-party applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Slack and Discord. Until then, he was only able to indicate what had arrived via SMS and Hangouts.
Apparently, the novelty is not yet available in Brazil. In countries where it has already been released, it only takes a command like “read my messages” for them to be revealed out loud by Google Assistant.
To check for unread messages, it will ask for permission to access your notifications. Then the content will be displayed on a kind of merry-go-round. The most recent messages will be read first, with details about which application they were sent to.
Only text messages are accessible. On the other hand, those that include audio, video or photo lead to notices like “the message contains only one audio attachment” and cannot be played by Google Assistant.
After reading the messages, the tool offers the option to reply directly. You can use the field that appears on the screen and enter the message or new voice commands and dictate what will be sent to someone else.
It is worth remembering that, despite not being able to read messages received in applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram, Google Assistant already allowed to create messages for them. The novelty helps to increase the integration between the Google tool and the messengers.