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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)

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Bose Adds Google Assistant to its Smart Speakers, Soundbars

It would be sold directly from Bose stores, wholesale trade partners and online through Amazon.in for Rs 26,900

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Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones. (Representational image)

Google on Thursday announced an automatic software update that would bring the Google Assistant to all existing Bose smart speakers and soundbars.

The Google Assistant joins Amazon Alexa for voice control of smart home devices, and instant access to millions of songs and podcasts, help, information, and more.

Bose smart speaker owners can now also use Apple AirPlay 2 for simple streaming from Apple devices.

The Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home -- up from 1,500 this January, Google has announced.
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In addition, there is a small Bose smart speaker on the way. The Bose Home Speaker 300 can be pre-ordered on Amazon.in starting Thursday and would available from August 29.

Weighing a mere two pounds and measuring just over six-inch, the Bose Home Speaker 300’s acoustic package delivers powerful bass along with 360-degree sound – unlike conventional smart speakers that deliver a narrow beam of audio, the company said in a statement.

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It would be sold directly from Bose stores, wholesale trade partners and online through Amazon.in for Rs 26,900. (IANS)