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Google Assistant is getting a lot smarter thanks to audio news

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Cecil Davis | 09 December, 2018, 01:43

The prototype relies on single-topic stories-segmented out from newscasts or shows-to contribute to the audio news feed. The new functionality will bring Google Assistant users an audio news playlist put together on the spot. "To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organizations to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole".

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.

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Google hopes this will lead to users receiving news that's completely tailored to their interests. "Plus, using your voice, you can easily ask the Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop". But now the company collaborated with The Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post - among other services to offer up on-demand, up-to-the-minute news. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. The company is also leaving the door open for other publications that would like to participate to submit news feeds for inclusion. After going through a few quick stories, longer-form content will be introduced to the mix.

As result, expect the new audio experience to deliver shorter and punchier content, with less intro music, and for now, no ads. A limited number of United States users will get access to the audio news initially; the company didn't say when it will expand the availability to other users. For now, a story is expected to be less than two minutes for short-format entries and between two and 15 minutes for medium-format listings.