Google Assistant can now read texts from third-party apps including WhatsApp and Telegram

Google Assistant can now read texts from third-party apps including WhatsApp and Telegram
Google Assistant is at the center of the Google ecosystem, which is why Google keeps giving it more and more things to do. It used to be that when you summoned Google Assistant and asked it to read your messages, you'd hear the content inside SMS texts that you received from Android Messages and Hangouts. But it wouldn't read  messages that you received from third-party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. Today, Android Police reports that it has been tipped about a change in Assistant that has taken place over the last couple of days.

According to this tipster, Assistant will now read the text messages sitting in third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Slack, Discord, GroupMe and more. Not only will the virtual digital helper read these messages to you, but it will also allow you to dictate a response to these missives. To set up your phone to do this, awaken the Assistant and say "read my messages." You'll have to allow the Google app to have access to your notifications. Once this is done, asking the virtual helper to read your messages will show a card that pops up containing the last text message received. Assistant will read it and include the name of the sender and the app that it came from. Google Assistant will then give you the option of dictating a response, or typing one out. When your response is completed, it is immediately sent out and the text marked as read.

There is a caveat that you need to know about. A text message containing media, such as a photo, a video or audio will not be read. Instead, Google Assistant will tell you that "the message just contains an audio attachment." Hopefully, Google plans on having Assistant read such audio attachments in the future.

This feature is apparently just rolling out now. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it to work on our Pixel 2 XL running Android 9 Pie. We kept receiving a message that said: "Something went wrong." We will continue to try it again from time to time, and if there are any changes we will update this story.



1. Povea

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

The purpose of end to end encryption is now defeated.

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

How do you figure that? It's encrypted in transit and unencrypted for the recipient on their device.

6. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They have been trying so hard from many days to get information from encrypted texts apps but couldn’t do it efficiently even after forcing google drive into WhatsApp so now they have found this way...

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Are you attempting english?? C+ for you kind sir...

7. el_sur

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Google Assistant reads my messages already through my Sony headphones (1000MX3)

9. rukkola12

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2019

Don't think it will work!

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now if they can only get GA to read messages aloud as they come in, instead of being asked to do it, they will have equaled what Cortana did on Windows more than 5 years ago.

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