Google is creating a personalized news service for the Google Assistant. To create this news service, Google has partnered with media outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and USA TODAY, among others. On the Google website, news outlets can submit their content and set up their own news feeds. The sites must be valid Google News sites and can cover topics from business and politics to entertainment and sports.
The Assistant would create a customized slew of news stories and would be able to pause, repeat, or skip around if the user desires. The news broadcast would begin with headlines before delving deeper into specific points of interest.
“Hey Google, tell me the news”
“Here is the news from WYNC…”
“What’s the latest in technology”
“Play at half the speed”
To test the news service, Google will provide it to a specific number of people in the U.S. Currently, users can create a customized news feed by going to Google’s support site, choosing their news sources, and deciding on the order. To hear the feed, users can either use their Google Home device or the mobile app. Categories include general, technology, sports, world, politics, local, business, science, health, art and lifestyle, and entertainment. Users can also ask about a specific news item, like the summer Olympics or a midterm election.
Google constantly updates its Assistant. Last March, Google created routines that allowed users to trigger a slew of actions with a singular voice command. The “Good Morning” routine, for example, could turn a users phone off, adjust the lights, thermostats, or any other connected devices. This update was done after Amazon Alexa offered similar functionality. Google even unrolled a Christmas update that allows children to talk to Santa. Users can expect more updates based on both the time of year and improving already existing services.