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Sure, the Google search box in Android lets you dictate regular text messages, but what if your conversations live in a non-standard chat app? You can relax as of today. Google now supports using your voice to send messages in English through a handful of third-party services, including WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. All you have to do is name the service when you're issuing the command -- "send a WhatsApp message to Bob" will make sure that your friend gets your missive where he's expecting it. More apps and languages are in the cards, so don't despair if your favorite mode of communication isn't compatible right away.

On top of this, Google search has also added a handy wait time graph for places where crowding and queues can be problems. You may find out that the coffee shop will be more bearable if you wait an hour, or that the grocery store won't be quite so packed if you shop on Wednesday. This is only as helpful as your schedule is flexible, but it could save you from waiting in lengthy lines just to get a bite during your lunch break.

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