Google is introducing a new feature to the Google Assistant, reading classic children’s stories on Android and iOS mobile devices…
For about a year’s time, the Google Home smart speaker could narrate a children’s story upon command. In celebration of National Tell a Story Day, Google is bringing the same option to Android and iOS phones, as well.
Google Assistant Children’s Stories Narration Debuts
Now, when someone asks the Google Assistant on a smartphone to tell a story, it will read one aloud. The library currently includes classics like “Sleeping Beauty” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” But also features tales about Blaze and the Monster Machines.
Prior to this, asking Google Assistant to read a story would trigger a short, inspirational quote. Or, it might have told a bad joke.
Apparently, Google realized the awkwardness of having two different experiences for the same command and has come up with a solution.
Other story features remain available. For instance, it’s still possible to use “read along,” which automatically plays sound effects while a person reads aloud form one of several Disney Little Golden Books.
The new Google Assistant children’s stories option is now available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India.