Back in April Google launched custom voice actions on Android which allowed users to control select third party applications using the “OK Google” voice command, which brings up the Google Now digital assistant that can help with a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to performing online searches. Custom voice actions have been expanded to some of the most popular instant messaging apps which means you can now use the OK Google command to send a WhatsApp message without ever having to pick up your device.
It’s not going to feel new to you at all if you’re already using the OK Google command to send text messages, emails or Hangouts, it’s going to feel like business as usual.
Sending a messaging is pretty easy, for example you just have to say “OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to John.” It will then prompt you to dictate your message and then you hear it back before telling it to send the message on its way.
It’s also possible to include the message within the command itself, like “OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to John: Lets go out for coffee.”
To use this feature ensure that the Google app for Android is up to date and so is the instant messaging app of your choice otherwise this isn’t going to work, this feature is available only in English language for now but Google says it will add more languages in the future. Supported apps include WhatsApp, NextPlus, WeChat, Telegram and Viber.