Google services are getting major features this year and the latest one to join the list is Google Assistant, which is now capable of reading ‘good news’ of the day. The feature named ‘Tell me something good’ is made available as an experimental feature for the Assistant users in the US. This feature will brighten up your day as you wade through a sea of bad news because Google Assistant will now deliver curated good news- stories about people who are solving real-life problems across the world. Just say “Hey Google, tell me something good” to receive your daily dose of good news, Google said in a statement.
“Real people are making progress solving real issues and hearing about those stories is a crucial part of a balanced media diet,” said Ryan Burke, Creative Producer, Creative Lab at Google. The daily dose of good stories will be curated and summarised by the Solutions Journalism Network, a non-partisan, non-profit organisation.
“Solutions journalism empowers and energises audiences, helping to combat negative news fatigue. We’re exploring how to incorporate more solutions journalism wherever you access Google News,” the tech giant said. The feature will work on any Google Assistant-enabled device, including phone, Smart Display or Google Home smart speaker. The Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices at your home.
“That includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens, we can keep on going!” Michele Turner, Director, Smart Home Ecosystem at Google, recently wrote in a blog post.
As mentioned above, the feature is currently limited only to the Google Assistant users in the United States. In India as well, Google is working on various India-specific features for the Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and so on. Google Assistant now interacts with users in the Hindi language in India.