Google Assistant will soon start curating audio news playlist
Google is currently working with partners to change how we listen to news—it is actually exploring the future of audio news on Assistant with Google News. Everything is about to change—from the way you ask for news on the phone and the way news is being delivered to us all through the day.
Going forward, news you get from Google Assistant will be powered by artificial intelligence—the same technology that powers the Google News app. According to Google, this will enable you to get access to quick, personalized audio news all through the day.
“Over the past year, we worked with publishers from around the world—including The Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Universo Online and the South China Morning Post—to think through the future of audio news. Together, we built a prototype that brings the artificial intelligence of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant,” Liz Gannes Product Manager, News said.
Google said it has collaborated with news giants like the Associated Press and South China Morning Post to develop its new system. The system, according to the company, built a new customized “playlist” every time your Assistant is asked to read the news. This will start with top headlines that Google thinks will be relevant to you. This will then be followed by a selection of a few longer, and more detailed stories—all selected by the Assistant. Stories and news will be selected based on your location, but you can ask Google to skip any story you don’t want to listen to.
If you are a publisher, you can submit English Language feeds that will be added in the Assistant briefings. The update has already started rolling out, but only to a handful of people in the US.
Last May, Google changed the layout of its news app, and added new AI-powered elements. Finding those news items that only matter to you is now easier than ever. The app is so vastly improved that it provides you with customizable experience as the AI elements learns from what you read often. Layout is so well-designed that virtually anyone can find their way around the app in only a short time.
Upon opening the Google News app, you will be greeted with the tailored “For You” tab that acts as a quick guide. This tab serves you with the top five stories currently trending as well as a selection of opinion articles and longer reads below it.
Beginning from last August, Google Assistant users in the US could ask the Assistant to deliver a daily dose of good news to them. “Tell me something good” according to Google, “is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the U.S.” If you are like me—frustrated with all the terrible news hitting the airwaves all the time, then you can simply start by saying “Hey Google, tell me something good.” The smart assistant will deliver a brief summary of individuals who are “solving problems for our communities and our world.”