Google Assistant for Android Can Now Read Out Entire Webpages for You

Announced first at CES 2020, the virtual assistant’s new “read it” feature is rolling out worldwide

By March 9th, 2020 AT 11:22 AM
  • Google is rolling out a new “Read It” feature which will be available now for Android devices worldwide.
  • The feature will read out aloud entire webpages, news articles with the option to translate the content into “42 languages”
  • Users can simply trigger this by saying “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page”

Google has started the rollout of a new feature to its Google Assistant that allows it to read out aloud entire webpages on Android devices. The feature previewed earlier at CES 2020 in January is now available globally. Last week, Google announced in a blog post this new technology for its virtual assistant that reads out long-form text aloud. The feature is meant mainly for listening to web pages, new articles, blog posts, etc. on the internet. The users can easily trigger this feature by simply saying “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page”.

Google Assistant Also Translates Content to Read it Aloud

The Google Assistant will also highlight the text and auto-scroll the page as it reads out aloud, to help users follow along. Users have the option to skip the content that can be done by tapping the page. Furthermore, you can adjust the speed of the reading to faster or slower based on your preference.

Google also said the Assistant could also translate the content if the original content is not available in the reader’s native language. The translation feature supports more than 42 languages ensuring even language isn’t a barrier to content consumption.

Additionally, Google said text to voice has usually sounded robotic, and they are working on improving this. The Assistant will now read the webpages in an expressive and natural voice, with the aim to use intonation and rhythm that one would use if they were reading it aloud themselves.

Read It Feature Works on All Websites Automatically

Finally, Google Assistant’s read it feature will work for all websites automatically. The website will not be required to do anything extra to enable this feature. In case, some websites want to disable this feature, “nopagereadaloud” tag can be used by webmasters so that the assistant doesn’t read the page.

Google said long-form text reading would help remove language barriers and everyone will be able to have wider access to the web. The feature is also useful for users with reading or sight difficulties.

The Google Assistant “Read It” feature is currently available on all Android devices going back to Android 5 Lollipop. It is expected to roll out on other platforms in the near future.

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