Google Now voice commands now work for some over-the-top messaging services

WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, WeChat, and NextPlus now play nicely with the 'OK Google' command.

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The Google app now empowers you to dictate to an over-the-top messaging service like WhatsApp.

Google announced the new additions Tuesday, which includes Viber, WeChat, Telegram, NextPlus, and of course WhatsApp.

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You’re no longer restricted to SMS messages for dictation.

You’ll need the latest version of the Google app and an update to the specific messaging app you plan to use. As the animation above indicates, you’ll need to specify which service you want when speaking the command. Otherwise Google Now will offer up your default text messaging app.

Why this matters: Google Now continues its march to become the hub of your Android device. The voice capabilities allow you to do a number of tasks without the need to touch the keyboard. And Google’s integration with third-party apps already puts a number of different cards in your stream. The biggest change is yet to come, as Google Now On Tap will come with Android M and give machine learning a central role in how your device performs.

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