Google Now Opens Up to WhatsApp and Other Third-Party IMs’ Integration 

July 30, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Ever thought how easier life would have been if Google Now handled all your IM apps? If yes, we bring music to your ears.

The personal assistant in Android devices is now stepping up to offer third-party integration support, which means you could dictate or send messages on your popular messenger services by just uttering OK Google.

Google has revealed their plans to overhaul the Google Now services on a new blog, which explains how the new third-party integration would take place in the Android devices.

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Currently, you would be able to send or dictate messages using Google Now for the apps of WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram and NextPlus.

Google is also not holding up the list of supported apps, as they explain that expansion will be soon brought about to offer support for other IM apps too.

The latest overhaul in Google Now demands an update of both the Google Now app as well as the IM app, which you want to get coupled with Google.

Users could initiate the new services using the OK Google command, followed by simple commands of whether to read or dictate the messages.

Say if you want to send a WhatsApp message to your contact Joe, all you need to utter would be ‘Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to Joe’.

You will also be given the option to voice-input the text message, or you could take hold of the keyboard to input the text manually.

The feature now supports only English language, but Google assures further language support in the coming days. Plus, it’s not just the US accent that’s supported.

The recent upgrades have been expanding the third-party support of Google Now services, the recent one being support for services from apps like Shazam.

 

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