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14 Billion WhatsApp Messages sent on New Year in India, 32 percent being some form of Media

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New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017:  On New Year’s Eve, 14 billion messages were exchanged through WhatsApp in India, 32 per cent of which were in some form of media, the instant messaging app said on Friday.

The number of messages shared on the platform on New Year’s Eve is even higher than the last record set during Diwali when eight billion messages were sent in one day, WhatsApp said.

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A total of 3.1 billion images, 700 million GIFs and 610 million videos were sent on WhatsApp on the occasion.

WhatsApp has more than 160 million monthly active users in India. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Soon be Able to Read Messages from Whatsapp, Slack and Telegram

The read-aloud feature is particularly useful when users are driving, cooking or otherwise have their hands full

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The read-aloud feature is particularly useful when users are driving, cooking or otherwise have their hands full.

Google assistant is reportedly getting the ability to read messages from non-Google apps like WhatsApp, Slack and Telegram. It has long had the option to read outs SMS messages aloud, but that has not done much good if for conversations lived in third-party apps.

If the feature is rolled-out widely, it would let users dictate their replies to messages for these non-Google apps as well, Engadget reported on Monday. Currently, there appears to be limited support for languages beyond English. According to a report by Android Police, messages containing pictures, videos and audio notes are not accessible by the read-aloud feature.

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In such instances, Assistant would say, “the message just contains an audio attachment”, and would not play it back. However, as of now, Google has not yet officially announced the roll-out and availability details. The read-aloud feature is particularly useful when users are driving, cooking or otherwise have their hands full. (IANS)