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URL: https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/06/google-assistant-will-prioritize-briefs-over-longform-audio-news/

Date: 2018-12-06

Google Assistant will prioritize briefs over longform audio news

Despite new features coming virtually every week for Google Assistant and Alexa, the most popular ways people use AI assistants are fairly consistent:  to play music, set timers, check the weather, and hear the news. And how assistants share the news is changing. Google announced today a new project and format for listening to the news. With the new format, when people say Play the news, Google Assistant will play up to eight news briefs from different media outlets. Each lasts an average of 50 seconds and no more than 2 minutes, followed by longer stories that last two to 15 minutes. Once youve listened to a news brief, old episodes will be discarded in exchange for fresh updates if any are available, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. By comparison, today when most users say Play the news, Google Assistant rattles down a list of full-length news clips users choose inside the Home app. The project has been underway for the past year with partners at more than 20 news organizations such as The Associated Press, South China Morning Post, Hollywood Reporter, and CNBC, according to a Google blog post. At launch, it will be available to a limited number of English-speaking Google Assistant users in the United States. More news outlets have been invited to participate, and theyre being instructed to give each story a headline. Those headlines will be displayed on smartphones and, in the future, on smart displays like Google Home Hub, a company spokesperson said. News outlets were also instructed to avoid references to previous content and make sure each story only covers a single topic. Google is also asking journalists to introduce themselves and avoid music in all short stories. As tens of millions of smart speakers appear in homes, the future of news these devices provide is beginning to evolve. Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa can all respond to the phrase Play the news to provide updates, and theyve been gradually adding new features. When you arent using Amazons Echo Show and the device is in ambient mode, its screen will flash a series of news headlines. Some pertain to important recent news, but early on the majority of stories shared on the screen of the device are best described as irreverent. The Echo Show also shares text news briefs from outlets like the Associated Press, USA Today, and TicToc by Bloomberg that Alexa can read to you. To make this feel more authentic, Amazon engineers are working on a synthesized AI voice that was trained to sound like a news broadcaster. For its part, a standalone Google Podcasts app was introduced this summer, and roughly a month ago, Googles Home Hub and other smart displays with Google Assistant began to share news videos curated by the Google News team from outlets like CNN.



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