Google Assistant will soon be getting a new functionality to deliver personalized audio news.
This new prototype feature is a collaborative effort of Google with news publishers around the world, that brings the artificial intelligence (AI) of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.
“Together, we built a prototype that brings the artificial intelligence of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant,” Google said.
With the feature, Google Assistant will assemble to offer an audio news playlist when a user speaks the appropriate voice command, like say “OK Google, play the news.”
The on-demand news feed will be updated on the topics individual user cares about. Similar to the Google News app, it will begin with briefing top stories and will expand into full content to let the user explore stories.
To listen to the latest news at any point of the day Assistant will update the user on stories they have heard about already previously.
Google also allows users to ask Assistant to skip stories, go back, or stop any point of time while listening to the news.
To make this audio news experience Google has created a set of open guidelines for news organizations likely participating.
This new audio news prototype relies on “single-topic” stories that are segmented out from newscasts or shows to contribute to the audio news feed.
“Audio journalism requires new capabilities and workflows for both print publishers and broadcasters, whether it’s adding a sound booth or segmenting larger broadcasts into shorter stories,” wrote Google.
Google notes the Google News Initiative is providing monetary support to a number of news publishers to develop more audio capabilities.
See below for the current list of participating news partners:
News organizations who publish content in English are welcome to submit their audio news feeds for inclusion in Google Assistant from around the world.
Interested publishers can sign up to try the new audio news experience here.
Google Assistant audio news feature will be rolling out first to a limited number of users in the US in English.
Here is a video overview of the new audio news feed on Google Assistant: