Hey Google, send an audio message: Assistant gets new voice capabilities

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Google will now allow users to send across audio messages to contacts using Google Assistant. The feature works with both SMS (if compatible) and WhatsApp.

In order to send an audio message through Google Assistant, all you have to do is to simply say “Hey Google, send audio message” or “Hey Google, send an audio message to <contact name> saying <your message>.” On the phone, Google came up with two options – SMS and WhatsApp. So, when you select WhatsApp, Assistant asks you to record the message. The process is completely voice-enabled.

So, if you have not enabled the Hey Google voice command, you can manually launch the Assistant to send the audio note to a contact. 

“Voice-messaging is the modern day walkie-talkie. For me, sometimes it’s the easiest way to send a quick note to my friends and family. You can now send audio messages with Google Assistant on Android smart phones–without holding down the little mic icon… The feature is available in English-speaking countries around the globe, as well as in Portuguese in Brazil,” wrote Mark Regan, Product Manager, Google Assistant in a blog post.

This feature will come in handy as this will as it you will be able send quick voice notes to a contact. So, if you are in a hurry and are too lazy to type, you will not need to open WhatsApp, scrolling the contact, and then sending the audio message.

Also, you will able to use Google Assistant to take a quick selfie. “Hey Google, take a selfie,” Assistant will then launch your phone’s front-facing camera as well as take a picture on the count of three.

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