Google is using AI to curate personalized news for smart speakers

Alonzo Simpson
December 9, 2018

In the past few years, Google has been collaborating with news publishers all around the world for the future of audio news.

"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", Gannes adds.

According to the announcement, users will be able to use their voices to skip stories they aren't interested in or repeat ones they want to hear again.

Google has just announced some exciting new features are coming to Assistant in the coming days.

Google will curate news from a number of major outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and USA Today.

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The new audio news experience creates an on-the-fly playlist for you consisting of top stories and updates you care about, and then longer-form, deep-dive content. It'll also be smart enough to avoid repeating the same new stories you've already heard during the day.

In order to further advance this feature, Google built an open specification which publishers can take advantage of in order to deliver their content to more listeners. Amazon, meanwhile, has a similar feature for Alexa devices, dubbed Flash Briefing, that brings together news, weather and other tidbits of information.

The biggest advantage from a consumer standpoint is that Google is not allowing any sponsored content in its audio news.

Audio news will roll out on Google Assistant in the United States and in English first, and on a limited basis at first. 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.

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