Starting today, Google is launching new experiences on the Google Assistant, built specifically for families in London and across the UK. To showcase how developers can use this new platform, the Google Assistant has four initial apps that families can use to play, learn, engage in activities together and listen to stories using Google Home and other Assistant-enabled speakers and smartphones.
Four content partners known and loved in the UK, including Aardman and the British Council’s Learning Time With Timmy, Moshi Twilight, Little Baby Bum and HarperCollins Children’s Books StoryCastle, have developed apps for the Google Assistant specifically with families in mind. By simply using voice interaction, the Assistant will open up over 20 new experiences for kids and families to learn something educational, listen to music and bedtime stories, play games, and experience more together on the Google Assistant.
For example, Little Baby Bum can assist parents and children in their daily routines with games and songs on potty training, eating vegetables and tooth brushing, Learning Time with Timmy can help children learn new words, while StoryCastle offers offers two classic children’s audiobooks read by leading voice actors for families to listen to everyday. Moshi Twilight offers a range of sleep stories and soothing sounds to help kids relax and get to sleep at bedtime.
Additional to these experiences, with a simple ‘Hey Google, tell me a story, children can access stories like Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast, trivia, and beloved games such as musical chairs, to name a few.
Over time, we’ve continued to add new features, functionality and security to the Google Assistant. Having launched Family Link in February and brought the family developer platform and partners to the Assistant in the US last October, we’re delighted that UK families can now use it across multiple devices — Google Home and phones — to learn and have fun together now too.