AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

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Amazon, meanwhile, has a similar feature for Alexa devices, dubbed Flash Briefing, that brings together news, weather and other tidbits of information.

The new audio news experience creates an on-the-fly playlist for you consisting of top stories and updates you care about, and then longer-form, deep-dive content.

But obviously news sources matter, and Google has teamed up with several global publications including The Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post, The Associated Press, and many others. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day. At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news-as a morning wake-up, during your commute, or while jogging-the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you've already heard.

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

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The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. However, the content is usually taken from television or radio casts.

As result, expect the new audio experience to deliver shorter and punchier content, with less intro music, and for now, no ads.

The new project builds on Google's existing efforts to deliver news over its speakers and smartphones, and comes amid a broad effort by news organizations and tech firms to develop more voice services. For now, a story is expected to be less than two minutes for short-format entries and between two and 15 minutes for medium-format listings. After that, Assistant will select a few longer, more detailed stories.

Google announced today that it is using AI to enhance the audio news capabilities of Google Assistant and Google Home. The company is also inviting interested media publishers to join the project.

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