Google Assistant Gets AI-Based Audio News Feed

By December 7th, 2018 AT 11:08 AM

Google has partnered with some of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen to curated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabled smart home speakers. Over the past year, the tech giant worked with publishers including CNBC, Hollywood Reporter, Washington Post and the South China Morning Post, building a prototype that brings the Artificial Intelligence (AI) of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.

google-assistant-audio-feed

“This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled at that moment, for you. It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories,” Google said in a statement late Thursday.

You can ask Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop. The prototype is now open for news organisations that would like to participate. It relies on single-topic stories — segmented out from newscasts or shows — to contribute to the audio news feed.

Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative. “Publishers from around the world who produce English-language content are welcome to submit feeds for inclusion and sign up to try the experience,” Google informed.

To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organisations, such as KQED and McClatchy, to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole.

Read more on:

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

Leave a Reply

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Oppo F11 Pro Marvel’s Avenger Edition Launched in India for Rs 27,990

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo on Friday launched a new Oppo F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition smartphone in collaboration with...

Tata Sky Removes Lock-in Period on All Channels and Channel Packs, Viewers Can Now Drop Channels Freely

The new pricing framework introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) sought to bring transparency into the broadcasting...

Reliance JioPhone Leads Feature Phone Market in India With 30% Share: Report

With a 30% market share, Reliance JioPhone became the leading feature phone brand in India in the first quarter of...