Google Assistant gets personalized audio news briefings

Google Assistant is getting a lot smarter thanks to audio news

Google Assistant is Getting AI-Powered Audio News

Google is working on providing smartphone and smart speaker owners with a radio-style, on-demand audio news feed that will be customised thanks to the use of artificial intelligence technology.

Google is now searching the options they got for the future of audio news on Assistant with Google News and publications around the world.

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Google will curate news from a number of major outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and USA Today. It relies on single-topic stories segmented out from newscasts or shows - to contribute to the audio news feed.

Google wants to make sure that Google Assistant is your go-to source for just about everything it possibly can be, and news delivery certainly falls in that purview. And if you don't like what's playing, you can always ask the Assistant to jump to the next story.

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Google Assistant will also be ready with updated audio news when you access it again throughout the day, whether it be during your commute home or on a jog, she added. From there, longer-form content is provided to dive deeper into developning stories. The new feature is available in English right now.

In order to further advance this feature, Google built an open specification which publishers can take advantage of in order to deliver their content to more listeners.

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As result, expect the new audio experience to deliver shorter and punchier content, with less intro music, and for now, no ads. 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 company is also inviting interested media publishers to join the project.

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