Google Assistant on Android and iOS gets narrated children’s stories

Image Credit: Google

Image Credit: Google

April 25, 2019 - Kyle Wiggers of VentureBeat writes: Have you heard? This Saturday is Tell a Story Day in the U.S. and U.K., an unofficial holiday dedicated to conjuring up tales and reading books together with friends, family, and loved ones of all ages. To help get folks in the spirit, Google’s bringing Tell Me a Story, a Google Home smart speaker feature that reads aloud stories from popular franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Blaze and the Monster Machines, to Android and iOS devices via Google Assistant.

Starting today in English in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, and India, parents and kids can ask Google Assistant “Hey Google, tell me a story” or “Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story” to hear over 20 stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, The Tired Alien, The Chef Who Loved Potatoes, and The Cat’s Elopement. Note that you’ll need to have the latest version of Google Play Books for Android or iOS installed.

“Whether you’re on the way to school drop-off or waiting for soccer practice to start, you can hear [fully narrated] stories,” wrote Google Assistant product manager Eric Liu in a blog post. “No matter where or how you choose to read or listen to a story, the Google Assistant can lend a helping hand.” More...