Your News Update Comes to Google Assistant

Posted on November 19, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Smart Home with 1 Comment

Google today announced a feature called “Your News Update” for its Assistant-powered smart speakers and smartphones.

“Your News Update, a smarter way to listen to the news hosted by the Google Assistant,” Google’s Liz Gannes writes. “You can try it today by updating your Assistant news settings.”

Your News Update is an evolution of Google’s previous work with news, including its original 2016 Assistant-based news offering and a feature, added in 2018, that lets users ask specific questions about the news.

Basically, the Your News Update starts playing whenever you say “Hey Google, play me the news” on any Assistant-enabled phone or smart speaker. Google says that it consists of a mix of short news stories chosen on the fly and based on your interests, location, user history and preferences, as well as the top news stories of the day. The experience will change as you keep listening to include longer-form content.

Your News Update is available in English in the United States only, but it will expand internationally next year, Google says.

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