Google Adds “Tell Me A Story” Action to Mobile

Hey Google, Tell Me A Story

Google has added the Tell Me A Story Action to Mobile

In honor of National Tell a Story Day on April 27th, Google has announced that their action Tell Me A Story is available on Android and iOS phones in the U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia, and India. Users only need to say “Hey Google, tell me a story” to hear stories from favorites like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Blaze and the Monster Machines. As long as users have the most updated Google Play Books, they’ll be able to listen to stories on their phones starting April 25th.

Read Along with Google and Disney

Earlier this year, Google Home partnered with Disney to create sound effects and music for a number of their Golden Books. Users can say “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney” to add the effects to their storytelling. The Google Home is able to follow along if the reader skips a part or takes a break, playing ambient music. Compatible books include Moana, Coco, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. 

There are also Disney-branded activities available with the Google Home. The “Mickey Mouse Magic Show,” for example, allows children to choose their own adventure as they help Mickey get to his magic show on time. When kids are using the Google Home, parents should use the Family Link app as they’ll be able to block certain apps and monitor screen time.

Amazon Alexa Competes with Google for Storytelling

Google is not the only tech giant to expand into the children’s storytelling space. In February, Amazon Alexa and Audible partnered with Chooseco, a publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure books, to create a new skill for Alexa. The skill was initially available for Journey Under the Sea and The Abominable Snowman, both by R.A Montgomery. To begin reading either book with Alexa, users must say “Alexa, open Choose Your Own Adventure”.

Before the Amazon partnership, Chooseco had spent years trying to convert their books into audio with little success according to Shannon Gilligan, Chooseco’s CEO and Publisher. Fortunately, Audible had the expertise necessary to greatly improve user experience including text from other storylines, the ability to turn back a page, and more. With the smart sound technology of the most popular smart home platforms, publishers can convert their children’s books and activities into skills and actions for IoT devices.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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