Assistant’s ‘Your News Update’ coming to Google Podcasts, provides extra herbal TTS voice

Back in November, Google Assistant augmented user-curated “News briefings” with a customized “mixture of height headlines and tales in accordance with your pursuits.” “Your News Update” is now coming to Google Podcasts, whilst extra herbal text-to-speech may be to be had.

Instead of getting to speak to Assistant to get the News Update, customers can talk over with Google Podcasts. Once rolled out — beginning in the United States, the primary merchandise within the “Explore” tab can be a card for the “recent playlist.” It options blue quilt artwork with the Google News icon within the top-left nook. Next to the “Subscribe” button is details about when it used to be remaining up to date.

Afterward, you get a playlist of brief clips from presentations, being able to “Manage information assets” at any time. Google News elements pursuits, location, person historical past, and personal tastes:

If you’re a track fan dwelling in Los Angeles, as an example, it’s possible you’ll listen an area tale on Governor Gavin Newsom’s newest announcement, after which a overview of the most recent Katy Perry album, adopted by means of  a deep dive of the approaching election. 

Your News Update highlights each nationwide and native publishers, with Google proceeding that push with “Hey Google, play native information” or “Hey Google, play information about [your city].” This combine options “local audio,” in addition to text-to-speech tales.

To beef up the TTS revel in, Google touts new voices that “sound extra herbal and well-suited for studying the scoop—recall to mind it as our model of a newscaster.” 

This new voice fashion used to be skilled on studying longer segments of textual content and is going past simply studying phrases out loud by means of incorporating voice pitch, sound duration and tension on sure phrases and syllables. With this new era, we will convert a wealth of content material to audio for listeners whilst giving it a human contact.

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