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Google Assistant to Now Read Stories For Your Baby

The feature was first introduced in 2018, however, it was only made available on Google Home

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There is good news for parents. If you are not particularly good at reading bedtime stories to your kids, just ask the Google Assistant on your phone to do so and you will be able to hear the famous tales from the Panchtantra or other books.

Whether you have an Android or an iOS phone, every time you say “Hey Google, tell me a story”, the Assistant tells you a tale. If you hear the “Truth Will Never Die” one day, it could be “Don’t be Greedy” next time, or “Don’t Trust Anybody” at some other time.

Google introduced the “Tell Me a Story” feature in English in India, Australia, Britain and the US on Thursday.

If you are not particularly good at reading bedtime stories to your kids, just ask the Google Assistant on your phone to do so and you will be able to hear the famous tales from the Panchtantra or other books.
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“You’ll need to have the latest version of Google Play Books for Android or iOS installed to listen to all of these great stories,” Eric Liu, Product Manager, Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post.

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“Whether you’re on the way to school drop-off or waiting for soccer practice to start, you can hear stories like ‘Let’s Be Firefighters!’ (Blaze and the Monster Machines), ‘Robot Rampage’ (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and more,” Liu added.

The feature was first introduced in 2018, however, it was only made available on Google Home, TechCrunch reported. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Rolls out Interpreter Mode for Smartphones

Google Assistant's interpreter mode comes to smartphones

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Google Assistant rolls out interpreter mode for Android and iOS devices. Pixabay

Interpreter mode, the real-time translation tool is now rolling out to Assistant for Android and iOS users.

Now, by just using a smartphone can have a back and forth conversation with someone speaking a foreign language.

Google says it will work with 44 languages and can be invoked by saying commands like “Hey Google, help me speak Thai” or “Hey Google, be my German translator.”

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To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app. Pixabay

“To get started, just say “Hey Google, be my German translator” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and you’ll see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking-which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless,” Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a statement on Thursday.

To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Interpreter mode also features different ways to communicate suited to the users situation: one can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.

To recall, back in January at CES, Google announced an Interpreter Mode for Smart Displays and speakers. (IANS)