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Google Assistant can now read your text messages

Ever since the first Pixel debuted, users have been asking for Google to implement this feature. (Source: NDTV)
Ever since the first Pixel debuted, users have been asking for Google to implement this feature. (Source: NDTV)
It may have taken some time, but Google can now read and interact with your text messages in a substantial way, allowing users to sort through their messages and send responses even when they're too busy to pick up their smartphones.

Now that Google is rolling out its Assistant to devices running Marshmallow and Nougat, they’re adding one more feature that users have been requesting for some time: Google Assistant can now read and interact with SMS text messages. This feature is now on the latest beta version 6.14 of the Google app on a Pixel and should be available in stable version 6.13.

The ‘Read messages’ has already been on Google Now for some time. Google Assistant will now respond to a number of responses including “Do I have any messages?” and “Show me my last message.” This latter prompt will automatically open up your last SMS text conversation. Assistant works with your default SMS client and functions with Facebook Messenger and the SMS features on Google Hangout.

As you go through the list, Assistant will by default speak the sender’s name and ask whether you want to hear the message or skip to the next one. As of now, Google Assistant cannot read notifications.

Other AI Assistants such as Siri and Alexa were already able to read text messages for some time. Siri is also able to read notifications, so Google has some motivation to catch up with one of its primary competitors.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-03- 7 (Update: 2017-03- 8)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.