Google Assistant Can Now Read Google News Aloud to You

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Josh Hendrickson

Recently, Google gave Assistant the ability to read nearly any webpage aloud to you. Handy when you need to grab some information from the web, but you can’t actively stare at your phone. Now, Google is expanding that ability to Google News and Discover. Just pick a news piece and ask Google Assistant to read the page.

We get it; you don’t solely turn to Review Geek for your news. And we’re not offended or anything. Two of the most popular ways to check for news from ALL the sources are Google News and Google Discover, of course.

But what about when you need to hear the news? Maybe your hands are full, perhaps you’re driving, or maybe you’ve suddenly found yourself working from home because the world needs you to practice social distancing, and you need to keep your eyes on a monitor.

Google has you covered. As spotted by Chrome Unboxed, the company is rolling out an expansion to Google Assistant’s capabilities. Before it could read from a webpage, but that only works in a browser like Chrome, not an app like Google. Now, when you’re browsing Google News or Discover, you open an article and ask Google Assistant to read the page.

It’s a great way to catch up on what’s going on when you can’t stop to read what’s on your phone’s screen, but you can listen to an article. We weren’t able to make the feature work on all our phones, so the update seems to be rolling out. But hopefully, everyone will have it soon.

via Chrome Unboxed

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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