Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Google Assistant Audio News Feed Rolls Out To Users

Google Assistant is getting a lot smarter thanks to audio news Google Assistant is Getting AI-Powered Audio News
Roberta Sherman | 09 December, 2018, 01:46

"Audio journalism requires new capabilities and workflows for both print publishers and broadcasters, whether it's adding a sound booth or segmenting larger broadcasts into shorter stories", Gannes adds. If you're using any of the smart speakers, smartphones or any other device featuring Google Assistant, you'll have access to a new functionality provided by Google. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative.

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However, there were some caveats to this - aside from your chosen station's political leaning, you couldn't really choose the exact kind of news you wanted to ingest on a daily basis, and you were also at the mercy of the station's schedule and ads. Each playlist is "assembled in the moment", according to Google, and users can get it merely by stating, "Hey Google, play the news". Over the past year, the tech giant worked with publishersincluding CNBC, Hollywood Reporter, Washington Post and the South China MorningPost, building a prototype that brings the Artificial Intelligence (AI) ofGoogle News to the voice context of the Assistant. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. Users can skip over any news story they aren't interested in hearing or passively enjoy the content Google chooses. The company is also leaving the door open for other publications that would like to participate to submit news feeds for inclusion. 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.

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Google has recently announced in a blog post that an interesting new feature is going to roll out to the Google Assistant.

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