Marking 'National Tell a story day' that is celebrated on April 27, Google is introducing a story-telling feature, "tell me a story" to its Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices that read out stories in English to people in India, US, UK, Canada, and Australia. So, whether you are on a way to the office or drop your kids at school, to get started, just say "Hey Google, Tell me a story" or "Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story". The Assistant randomly picks a story and reads out for you.
But this needs the latest version of 'Google Play Books' to be installed on smartphones. The available stories range from tales about 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' to more classic bedtime stories like 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'.
The feature was first introduced in 2018, however, it was only made available on Google Home. Previously, when asked over a smartphone for a story, Assistant would come out with a short inspirational quote or a joke.
In addition to these, Google is also promoting another story-telling feature like "read along" which lets parents read out stories aloud for their kids and the assistant automatically plays sound effects as you read select 'Disney Little Golden' Books like 'Peter Pan', 'Coco', 'Cinderella', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'The Three Little Pigs', etc. To use 'read along', users can just say 'Hey Google, Let's read along", then the Google Assistant asks you for the book name.
Further, you can also ask the Assistant to read out audiobooks on Google Play. All you need is to say Hey Google, read Charlotte’s Web,”, for instance. But ensure that you are logged in to your Google Play Books account.
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