13 February 2020
A new capability of the Google Assistant appears to be under testing that will offer users one more way to make better use of it. According to what has been reported, Google is testing a way to let you send text messages via Google Assistant when the screen is locked. Google is doing a server-side A/B testing on the same and it looks to coincide with the latest Google app beta (version 10.28).
Sending the text messages from the lock screen indicates that Google is testing more ways so that you could use your device hands-free. The testing shows the device is sending text messages from the lock screen without any further prompt or permission asked. Currently, when you ask Google Assistant to send text messages to your recipient when the screen is locked, it first responds with the message “Unlock to continue” and prompts you to enter your passcode.
But the latest testing shows this is about to change. The screenshots shared via 9to5Google shows Google Assistant is sending the text messages directly from the lock screen with no further prompts or whatsoever. You would just need to say send a [text message] to [contact name] and it will send directly to the person. Google Assistant will not only confirm verbally that it has sent message to the recipient but will also show you a confirmation with a tick mark.
As noticed by 9to5Google, this new feature is fully functional on Pixel 3 running Android 9 Pie but not on another Pixel 3 running Android Q and a Pixel 2 XL as well. It’s unknown if the feature is going to be specific to Pixel or work on other Android devices as well.