Google Play has provided users access to audiobooks for a couple of months now, but they’ve just released a few new features to further separate themselves from competitors like iBooks and Audible.
One of the new features has Google rewind to the beginning of a word or sentence in the middle of which you paused, just in case you missed the last bit of information when you got distracted elsewhere. You can also adjust the speed of narration to make it up to 3-times faster than normal, or slow it down to half its normal pace, depending on how quickly you can take in information. Next, the update allows you to set a bookmark to leave off at the expect point at which you’d like to start up again later on. Finally, you can add audiobooks into a routine you set up with your Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to listen to the same book at the same time every day without having to set it up each time.
Finally, Google has announced that it plans to expand its audiobook and ebook family sharing into 13 new countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, and South Africa. Japan is included in there as well, but they will only be getting audiobooks, not ebooks.
The update has already rolled out for iOS, Android, and any devices capable of integrating Google Assistant, so definitely go check it out.
[via The Verge]