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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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New leaked images of a pre-release Pixel 4 XL provided by Vietnamese phone shop D Store Mobile. Pixabay

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)

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Now Google Assistant Lets Users Ask Frozen Characters to Tell a Story

Each of these tales from Frozen is about three or four minutes long from the beginning to end

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The stories on Google Assistant last just a few minutes, making them a decent option when you need a bathroom break without the kiddo or want to put something quick on before bedtime. Pixabay

With Frozen (movie) fever taking over, Google Assistant has a new skill that now lets users have characters from the film read them a story.

The new update is currently available across all Google Assistant devices by default. To activate it, users just need to say: “Hey Google, tell me a Frozen story.”

When you do, you’ll launch the skill (there’s some music and an intro), which takes you to a campfire with some of the film’s main characters. After the intro has finished playing, you or your child can select a character you’d like to tell you a story, Life hacker reported on Sunday.

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With Frozen (movie) fever taking over, Google Assistant has a new skill that now lets users have characters from the film read them a story. Wikimedia Commons

Each of these tales from Frozen is about three or four minutes long from the beginning to end.

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The stories last just a few minutes, making them a decent option when you need a bathroom break without the kiddo or want to put something quick on before bedtime, the report added. (IANS)