Google Assistant is Getting AI-Powered Audio News

Joanna Estrada
December 7, 2018

Google wants to make sure that Assistant is your go-to source for just about everything it possibly can be, and news delivery certainly falls in that purview.

What do you think of this new feature? 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. But obviously news sources matter, and Google has teamed up with several worldwide publications including The Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post, The Associated Press, and many others. The list will include a briefing of top stories and updates on topics specially curated for each user based on their interests.

The search giant is collaborating with numerous publishers across the globe in the endeavor, including The Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has built an open specification prototype in an effort to bring more news organizations into the fold. The latest is the Google Assistant news briefings which will now offer tailored briefings - at least for those in the US.

The project aims to transform audio news into a Netflix-like experience, available on demand with personalized recommendations. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts.

Google has replaced the letterbox with email, TV with YouTube, and now the firm wants to go after Radio with the Google Home and Assistant.

As result, expect the new audio experience to deliver shorter and punchier content, with less intro music, and for now, no ads.

The company is launching the revamped audio news function to a limited number of Google Assistant users in the USA before a wider roll out. The company is also inviting interested media publishers to join the project.

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