Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
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AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant

AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant

Audio news on the Google Assistant has started to roll out to a "limited number of people" in the USA, with publishers from around the world who produce English-language content invited to sign up and submit feeds for inclusion.

Going beyond a simple flash briefing of the day's headlines catered to some general categories of interest, a full AI algorithm borrowed from Google News will deliver audio content that it thinks you will want to hear.

The new project builds on Google's existing efforts to deliver news over its speakers and smartphones, and comes amid a broad effort by news organizations and tech firms to develop more voice services.


Apparently you'll be able to skip news stories - but it's really the immediacy of these stories that will make the difference. After that, Assistant will select a few longer, more detailed stories.

Credit: Tom's GuideCurrently, you can get news through a number of Google Assistant skills from media outlets, and if you wanted to hear them all in a row, you could create a Routine.

The initiative to personalise your news is open to publishers to offer their content via their open specification, allowing them to offer up "single-topic stories-segmented out from newscasts or shows" which can be intelligently added to people's news briefings in Assistant. A limited number of US users will get access to the audio news initially; the company didn't say when it will expand the availability to other users. For now, a story is expected to be less than two minutes for short-format entries and between two and 15 minutes for medium-format listings. The feature is already rolling out, but it's only available for a limited number of users right now in the United States.

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