Google Assistant now Supports WhatsApp Voice and Video Calls!

It’s no secret that Google Assistant provides support for third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger etc. and records as well as sends WhatsApp voice notes, in addition to reading incoming messages from various apps. Moreover, the results of integration with these apps have been exceptional so far. The only thing that had been lacking all this time was the support for calls on any of the above mentioned apps.

Until now, voice calls commenced by Assistant just placed a network call to the recipient. Video calls, on the other hand, could be set up via Hangouts or Duo.

Now however, Assistant is adding support for both video as well as voice calls via WhatsApp. This update will be quite helpful, especially for users living in countries with high network call fees.

The expected command to initiate a WhatsApp video call via Assistant is “Hey Google, WhatsApp video (name of the person you are trying to call)”. The exact command for voice call hasn’t been specified yet. According to Google, the feature has been implemented and users can now experiment with it. In case the command isn’t working for you now, it will soon as the rolling out process is gradual.


As of now, it isn’t clear whether the feature is just for phones or it can work with smart displays and speakers as well. However, it is safe to assume that the former is the case as the command is simply passed to WhatsApp and this is something that is mainly supported by phones.


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