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Google Assistant App Backed up With Siri Shortcut For iOS Users

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS

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AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant. (IANS)
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The Google Assistant app on iOS is now backed with Siri shortcut to make the use of Assistant more convenient for iOS users.

“We added support for Siri Shortcuts to make it even easier to access your Assistant,” read the app description on Apple’s App Store.

You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant, come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action, trigger Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Like saying ‘Goodnight Google’ to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door,” added the report.

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Users can already add an Assistant widget on the iPhone screens and with the new feature, users could cross stream and use Siri to connect to Google Assistant.

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS.

Earlier in May, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa performed the first ever integration of two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference held in Seattle.

Their integration worked with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana” and while Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs. (IANS)

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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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AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant. (IANS)

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)