OK Google Can Now Be Used To Send Messages From Third Party Apps

Android / Mobile

The OK Google function on Android smartphones is a very convenient feature that allows users to execute a number of functions using Google’s voice assistant. One of the handiest features has always been the ability to voice dictate your text messages. You would simply say, OK Google…send a text message to John, and Google would bring up your SMS application and dictate the message. Now Google has rolled out the OK Google function to work with some third party apps like WhatsApp.

Just say, “Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to Joe”—after which you’ll get a prompt asking you to dictate your message. Or, you can do it all in one step: “Ok Google, send a Viber message to Josh: let’s do dinner tomorrow night.” In addition to WhatsApp and Viber, you can send voice messages via WeChat, Telegram and NextPlus (just make sure you have the latest version of both the messaging and the Google app). You’ll be able to do this in English initially (not only in the US though!) and we’ll be working to add more apps and languages in the future.


This new feature will really save some time for users not having to open an app to send a quick message. Currently this feature is Android only no word if this will actually make it to iOS, but it likely will not.

What do you think of the new OK Google features? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: Google
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