Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Driven News Feed Now Available on Google Assistant, Google Home

Driven News Feed Now Available on Google Assistant, Google Home

Google has been working with a number of publishers across the globe including The Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Universo Online and the South China Morning to re-think how they're delivering your audio news briefings. Each playlist is "assembled in the moment", according to Google, and users can get it merely by stating, "Hey Google, play the news".

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.

"It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories".

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. It's all based on your location and interests, but you can still tell Google to skip a story you don't want to hear. To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organizations, such as KQED and McClatchy, to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. After going through a few quick stories, longer-form content will be introduced to the mix. Medium-format stories, on the other hand, can last from 2 to 15 minutes.

Back in August, Google announced a simpler news feature for the Assistant, but that didn't have the benefit of AI recommendations.

The new project builds on Google's existing efforts to deliver news over its speakers and smartphones, and comes amid a broad effort by news organizations and tech firms to develop more voice services.

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