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Google expands the Assistant’s storytelling feature to mobile phones

/ 03:09 PM April 29, 2019
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In line with the National Tell a Story Day last Saturday, April 27, Google announced last Thursday, April 25, that the Google Assistant can now tell bedtime stories on your Android or iOS device.

Since 2017, Google Home devices have been able to tell bedtime stories when requested by owners to “Tell me a story.”

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The company announced that as of Thursday, the Google Assistant can tell stories about Blaze and the Monster Machines and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles through Android and iOS mobile devices.

Now you do not have to wait to get to your Home Hub or Home mini to listen to a story. Just like you have been doing with your smart home device for years, the Assistant on your phone will start a story when you say, “Hey Google, tell me a story.” As long as you have the latest version of Google Play Books installed on your Android or iOS device, you will hear tales like “Let’s Be Firefighters!” or “Robot Rampage.”

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For now, Google’s Read Along feature, which helps kids read along with the Assistant as it reads select Disney Little Golden Books like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Cinderella”, is still only available for Google Home smart speakers in the US.

Google Assistant storytelling for Android and iOS is available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and India. JB

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