When you say, “Hey, Google, play the news” your phone, tablet, or speaker will give you a vocal summary of the news, like a podcast geared specifically for important events that have gone on around the world. But where and how does it select the sources it draws on?
Or, more specifically, your configuration options.
Although, out of the box, Google Assistant is configured with certain news organizations that it draws upon, the developers have allowed for the customization of those sources. This is a nice feature, especially if you have a preferred news source.
You’ll find several categories to choose from, including General, Technology, Business, Sports, World, Entertainment, Politics, Science, Health, Art And Lifestyle, National, and Local. Within each category, there are different sources to select. The list isn’t exhaustive (and local news could certainly use more sources), but you should find enough to round out your news wrap-up.
Let me show you how you can customize news wrap-up from Google Assistant.
How to customize your news sources
What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need is an Android device that includes Google Assistant. I would make sure your device is fully updated, so you’re not only getting the best experience but also the added security that comes with the updates. Fall too far behind and your device can become vulnerable.
With that taken care of, let’s add some sources.
Congratulations, you’ve just customized the news sources Google Assistant will use when you say, “Hey, Google, play the news,” so you’ll get only the news you want, read aloud by Android.
And who said we weren’t drawing ever nearer to the singularity?