Google Assistant Can Now Sneak Peak into Your Messages and Interact with Them

March 9, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google revealed the good news of having its Google Assistant rolled out to non-pixel devices a couple of weeks ago. They later confirmed the successor for Pixel, and it now seems that the company is not planning to close the shutter for its flurry of good news.

The latest of them comes again for Google Assistant, and it’s that the personal assistant from Google will now be able to read text messages and interact with them. The move comes amidst the expansion of Google Assistant to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat devices in select markets.

Users can trigger the message read feature through a host of commands including the ones like ‘read text messages’ or by asking Google Assistant to check if there is a new message.  Users can access both unread, new messages and entire messages from their device using specific commands. Opening the messages will present with a window that has been familiarized through Google Now.

Google Assistant will also provide you the options to reply to those threads, and options like reading the message and to skip to the next message. Users will also be able to repeat the played messages or move to next messages inside individual threads.

The new feature can be used to invoke the messages through a string of apps using the Google Assistant including the recently revamped Android Messages, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger SMS integration. However, you might not be able to differentiate between read and unread messages if using with Android Messages.

Despite the SMS integration, Google Assistant will still lack the ability to read out messages from notification, which we hope Google will soon be addressing. You can get the new feature through the latest update for Google App.

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