Google is starting to roll out a new Google News experience for its Assistant in the United States today. When the company announced the redesigned Google News back at I/O 2018, we were expecting the new experience to arrive on Assistant, too.
Google News on Assistant devices works much like you would expect. On smart speakers like the Google Home, when you ask the Assistant about the news, it will read out excerpts from relevant news articles. You can also go deeper into certain topics, asking the Assistant things like “what’s the news on the women’s national soccer team?”. All the content showed by Google Assistant will be based on your previous reading history and Google Account, so it will be a personalised experience that you get on the Google News app.
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When you ask Assistant on Smart Displays, it will try to find relevant YouTube videos surrounding the topic, or show you content from local broadcasters like Cheddar, CNBC, etc. The features are available across Assistant on other devices, including Android phones, Assistant-enabled headphones, as well as Android Audio.
The feature is slowly rolling out to Assistant users in the United States, but Google expects to expand the experience to more users as it further improves the feature.