One of the nice things about sending traditional SMS messages is the option not to type them. Using the Google app (or an Android Wear device), you can just say “OK Google, send a text to Mom: Look Ma, no hands!” You can do the same through Hangouts and email. The feature is a life saver while driving, when messages would otherwise go unanswered.
Now you’re able to use third-party messengers as well. Google has announced support for WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, and NextPlus. Just say “send a Viber message” or “send a Telegram message” in place of text or email.
Right now this functionality only works in English, but support for other languages is in the works.
As an avid user of Google Now, I am forever welcoming added additions to the service that make it more useful and especially those that add voice functions. What’s great about this latest update to Google Now is that I have been wanting this functionality for a very long time – you can send a Hangouts message with voice commands so why not WhatsApp, or any other social messaging client? Well, now you can.
Today, that Google Now functionality has expanded to messaging apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, NextPlus, Telegram, and Viber. If you say, “Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to John,” you’ll get a prompt asking you to dictate your message. Or, you can just say: “Ok Google, send a Viber message to Ted: What are you up to?
You’ll need to update both the Google Now app as well as the associated messaging app to see this functionality work. If one is updated but not the other then it’ll error out.
Google continues to enhance their Google Now service having only recently allowed cards from third-party apps to appear in the dashboard. Expect to see further apps added to the supported list, as well as further functionality undoubtedly be introduced over the coming months as we approach Android M.