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AI-Driven Audio News Feed Comes to Google Assistant

Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative

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Google has partnered with some of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen to curated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabled smart home speakers.

Over the past year, the tech giant worked with publishers including CNBC, Hollywood Reporter, Washington Post and the South China Morning Post, building a prototype that brings the Artificial Intelligence (AI) of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.

“This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you. 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 said in a statement late Thursday.

You can ask Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop.

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The prototype is now open for news organisations that would like to participate. It relies on single-topic stories — segmented out from newscasts or shows — to contribute to the audio news feed.

Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative.

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“Publishers from around the world who produce English-language content are welcome to submit feeds for inclusion and sign up to try the experience,” Google informed.

To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organisations, such as KQED and McClatchy, to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole. (IANS)

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Addition of ‘Interpreter’ Mode on Google Assistant

The "Interpreter" mode will help users have real-time conversations.

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Google has extended the “Interpreter” mode on its Assistant to Home speakers and other third-party devices.

The “Interpreter” mode will help users have real-time conversations with compatible devices and also translates them into other languages.

“For now, you must use English, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish to start the interpreter mode. After you’ve started interpreter mode, you can ask Google Assistant to translate between more languages,” the company wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

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Google first demonstrated the feature at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2019 in Las Vegas.
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The feature supports 26 international languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Korean and Portuguese among others.

Users can ask Assistant to “turn on interpreter mode” to invoke the feature on compatible devices and choose which languages they desire to use.

“When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language. You don’t have to alternate between languages for the interpreter mode to work,” the port said.

The feature supports 26 international languages including Hindi, English, Arabic, Korean and Portuguese among others.
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Using the interpreter mode on a Smart Display would allow users to both see and hear the translated conversation. They can also swipe from left to right to stop the interpreter mode.

Google first demonstrated the feature at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2019 in Las Vegas.

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The mode first arrived on the Google Home Hub and is expected to be made available on more third-party devices from Lenovo, LG and JBL over the next few months. (IANS)