Google said that on Tuesday its digital assistant will serve as a “news host” on its connected devices to tell stories from a variety of media partners.
Asking Google News to read the news will activate a feature called Your News Update.
The Artificial Intelligence Program will provide a mix of short news stories chosen at that moment based on the top stories, along with the interests, location, user history and preferences posted in your blog.
The ubsidiary will offer stories from partners, including CBS, Politico, Fox News, and CNN, based on user preferences and other factors.
It can, for example, present news about a user’s favorite sports teams or specific local or business events.
“Between stories, Google Assistant acts as your smart news host who figures out which publishers and updates are next,” Gaines said.
The feature is available in the United States in English, and will expand internationally next year for those with compatible smartphones and connected speakers.
It is active, “Hey Google, play me the news.”