Google to launch personalised on-demand audio news feed
Dec 09 2018
In the past few years, Google has been collaborating with news publishers all around the world for the future of audio news.
"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 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. Users can also ask Google Assistant to go back to a previous story. The new functionality will bring GoogleAssistant users an audio news playlist put together on the spot. But obviously news sources matter, and Google has teamed up with several worldwide publications including The Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post, The Associated Press, and many others. It'll also be smart enough to avoid repeating the same new stories you've already heard during the day.
Google says it's been working with lots of major news partners to deliver an AI-infused audio news source that fits your interests. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts. 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.
To improve and build out this audio news experience, we've built an open specification, available for news organizations that would like to participate. 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. At present, Audio News is scheduled to roll out to a limited number of English speaking Google Assistant users in the United States.