Google Assistant

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.

Google has just announced that it will be relying on artificial intelligence to sift through news topics you’re interested in and then deliver that news whenever you want. The feature is already rolling out, but it’s only available for a limited number of users right now in the United States. A wide launch is expected in the near future.

Google has partnered withsome of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen tocurated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabledsmart home speakers. 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.

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“This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you. Itstarts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, andextends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories,“Google said in a statement late Thursday.

You can ask Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop.

The prototype is now open for news organisations that would like to participate. It relies on single-topic stories segmented out from newscasts or shows — to contribute to the audio news feed. Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the GoogleNews Initiative.

“Publishers from around the world who produce English-language content are welcome to submit feeds for inclusion and sign up to try the experience,” Google informed.

To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organisations, suchas KQED and McClatchy, to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole.

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