Earlier at the CES 2020, Google announced some of the upcoming features of Google Assistant. Out of many features, one of them was the ability to ask Google Assistant to read a web page. And now, after a few months of the announcement, the company is now ready to roll out this feature on Google Assistant which will work with over 42 languages initially. This feature will be rolling out on Android.
With this capability, Google wants to make it easier for you to consume long-form content on the web as audio. When a page is open in Chrome, including AMP, all you have to say is, “Hey Google, read this page,” or, “Hey Google, read it,” to launch a new UI for this experience. This will simplify the experience of reading long articles in your own preferred language without using any third-party apps.
The full article is shown up top and will auto-scroll, while there are also controls for play/pause, 10-second rewind, and 30-second skip which are docked below. In addition to that, a scrubbable timeline provides a length estimate, while there’s the ability to slow down or speed up from .5x to 3x, just like podcasts.
In case, If the original article isn’t in your native language, Assistant can read aloud in 42 languages. You can use the translation menu to select the language you would like to hear and Assistant will always use this language.
This feature should basically work on any website with no setup. However, if site owners want to restrict this feature on their website, they can use the nopagereadaloud tag. Google also wants to remind app developers that they can support this feature using Actions on Google.
As for the availability, Google has already rolled out this feature on the Assistant running on Android 5.0 or higher. If you haven’t tried this feature yet, do try this now!
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