“Tell Me A Story” Google Assistant Feature Now Available on Mobile
Today, Google announced the availability of the Google Assistant storytelling feature on Android and iOS devices in English for U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and India locales. Until today, the feature was only available on Google Home devices. Users can say “Hey Google, tell me a story,” to hear stories like ‘Let’s Be Firefighters!’ (Blaze and the Monster Machines), Robot Rampage (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and more. Saying “Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story” will provide options for bedtime stories. The feature rollout is a part of Google’s promotion of National Tell a Story Day, which is today.
Last year on National Tell a Story Day Google announced users could hear classic stories using the same phrase. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty are some examples of the classic stories available.
Google Assistant Storytime Features
Although these features are not new, they might be interesting to learn about. Google Assistant hosts quite a number of story-related use-cases on Google Home devices, including read along, which brings stories to life with sound effects as a user reads select Disney Little Golden Books aloud such as Coco, The Three Little Pigs, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Toy Story 3.
Audiobooks are also available on Google Play in English in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Great Britain, as well as German and Japanese. Stories can be controlled with voice commands like “Hey Google, read my book,” or “Hey Google, skip to the next chapter.” Logging into Google Play Books will allow users to hear an excerpt of a book before purchase. Google suggests listening to
Charlotte’s Webb by E. B. White
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes