Google unveils AI-driven audio news feed

Google Assistant is Getting AI-Powered Audio News

The experience will first roll out to "a limited number of people" in the United States. At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news-as a morning wake-up, during your commute, or while jogging-the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you've already heard.

All the users who have been using smart speakers, smartphones or any other device featuring Google Assistant have access to this new functionality provided by Google.

By creating an open audio news standard, Google is aiming to go a step beyond Amazon, instead of merely following in its footsteps. It relies on single-topic stories segmented out from newscasts or shows - to contribute to the audio news feed. In a new post on its blog, Google has just announced that it built a prototype that brings the AI (artificial intelligence) of Google News to Assistant.

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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. After that, Assistant will select a few longer, more detailed stories. A limited number of US users will get access to the audio news initially; the company didn't say when it will expand the availability to other users. This is not speakable markup. or YouTube videos playing on the Google Home Hub, this is real audio news, like broadcaster, podcaster, etc that produce audio form content. 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.

As result, expect the new audio experience to deliver shorter and punchier content, with less intro music, and for now, no ads.

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