For anyone who’s tried to get assistance from Google Assistant with messages, you may have hit something of a roadblock in the response “I can’t see your notifications yet”. The good news is that there is an update (looks like server side as there is no update required on devices) rolling out that allows the assistant to not only display but interact with your messages.
Simply asking Google Assistant “Show me my messages” or “Do I have any messages?” will now give you an easy scrolling display of your most recent messages (NB most recent, not unread!), but it will also ask you if you want them read to you.
From what I’ve seen so far, it works with your default SMS client but seems to work best with Google Messages (which is what I use on my Pixel XL) over other options. Other reports suggest that it is working well on both Hangouts and Facebook Messenger, but there’s no way I’m letting Facebook read my SMS.
As noted earlier, this appears to be a server side update that is not yet available to all users so be patient if you’re not seeing it just yet because it will come very soon.
What functions would you like Google Assistant to have that would make it more functional for you?