Earlier, a teardown done on one of the Google Play Store app had hinted about audiobooks coming to the store. Much to its fact, Google has now officially launched the audiobooks service on Play Store. The service is live for both Android and iOS platforms. It can be accessed through the web with Google Play Books on devices that possess the Google Assistant integration, like Google Home, Smart TV’s and so on.
Though the activation of audiobooks is free from subscription. Though we need to shed specified money for accessing some premium audiobooks. Starting from today, audiobooks will be available in 45 countries and include contents ranging from nine languages.
With audiobooks on Google Play, rolling out today in 45 countries and nine languages, you can turn your time stuck in traffic, on the treadmill, or waiting in line into reading time.
Google has incorporated every method to create wonderful experience for users while listening to the audiobooks. For that, the search-giant had deeply integrated the Google Assistant support in it. Using the Google Assistant on smartphone or Home, one can seamlessly do the following actions: Try “Ok Google, who is the author?” to know the author details of the audiobook currently in play. Similarly, just utter “Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes” to set a timer for bedtime reading. And, much more.
Though a little bummer, the Google Assistant integration with audiobooks is available only on Android phones and smart speakers globally in English as of now. However, Google specified that it will be soon making the way to the Assistant on Android Auto in the U.S.