The Google Assistant can now help with reading and replying to text messages

The Google Assistant can now help with reading and replying to text messages
The Google Assistant has been a work in progress ever since its debut on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but as time has gone on, the virtual assistant has grown and developed with new features and tricks. While little additions here and there have been great, one feature that's been absent since the Assistant's release is its ability to interact with your SMS text messages. Users have been voicing their want for such integration since October, and it looks like Google has finally done something about it. 

If you'd like to prompt the Google Assistant to read off your text messages, you can say a variety of different commands, including "Show me my messages" and "Do I have any messages?" If you voice the latter of the two prompts, Google Assistant will only show you messages that you have not yet; consequently, the former command will showcase both read and unread messages. In addition to this, the "Show me my messages" prompt will also display a "Read messages" pop-up on your screen that will list all of your conversations in chronological order. Each conversation also features a Reply button, and tapping on this will take you to whatever app you're currently using as your default SMS client.


This is a feature that has been present within Google Now for a while now, so it's great to see that it's finally making its way over to the Google Assistant. Even better, this gives Android users yet another toy to play with seeing as how the Assistant is now on its way to all Marshmallow and Nougat handsets. 

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6 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I like Cortana's execution of reading text messages when you receive them. Sadly, this feature is only available on WP, which more sadly only a few can experience. I'm on Android now and Im finding that feature. It's a real assistant. I miss that Cortana voice "You got a message from John, would you like to read it or ignore it?" "The message says *reads text message*" "Reply, call back or are you done?" Damn, if only Windows Phone wasn't left out by Microsoft.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I still does not have the opportunity to play with Cortana yet. They have not done an international english version yet. That is record breaking slow!

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You can set your phone in regions like US or UK.

6. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Good hint!

8. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

You can also send text with cortana easily. I use it in the car all the time. It's been around since wp 8 days.

2. DFranch

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I have fond memories of my Lumia 920.

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