Google announced today that it’s now allowing Android users to send messages via third-party services like WhatsApp and Viber using its “OK Google” voice control feature:

Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllers

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.”

Previously, Google’s voice assistant feature, which lives within the Google app on Android and activates with the “OK Google” command, allowed users to send messages via email, text message, or Hangouts, as well as perform other tasks like recognizing songs with Shazam or asking questions.

To kick things off, Google is including support for WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, and NextPlus. You’ll just need to make sure you have the latest versions of the apps as well as the latest version of the Google app. It’s English only to start, but Google promises support for additional languages will come later.

About the Author