How you can get the latest WRAL news and weather on your Amazon Echo or Google Home

WRAL News for Amazon Echo and Google Home offers the latest breaking news and weather forecasts from WRAL's expert reporters and meteorologists.

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Voice assistants have become a helpful an integrated part of many people's day to day life. And news and weather are a central feature that many of these devices include. But did you know that you can listen to local news with the latest news and weather updates from your Google Assisistant or Amazon Alexa enabled devices?

How to get local news on Google Home and Amazon Devices

Amazon Echo, Google Home

The WRAL News for Amazon Echo and Google Home offers users the top headlines read by WRAL's anchors and reporters, and the latest weather forecast for the Triangle region of North Carolina from WRAL's team of expert meteorologists.

Amazon Echo

How do I get news on Amazon Echo?

By simply adding WRAL to Echo's Flash Briefing, users can hear the latest headlines read by WRAL's anchors and reporters. Echo users can also enable the WRAL skill, which offers even more content, including weather updates for the Triangle region of North Carolina from WRAL's team of expert meteorologists.
To access WRAL news and weather, users should say: "Alexa, enable WRAL." Echo owners also can use the Alexa app on their smartphone or tablet to enable content from WRAL. Tap Skills from the main menu, search for WRAL and enable the skill.
Install the WRAL skill for Amazon Echo Once the WRAL skill has been enabled, users can say, "Alexa, open WRAL," or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the forecast," or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the news." To enable WRAL news headlines as part of Echo's Flash Briefing, open Settings from the left sidebar in the Alexa app, tap Flash Briefing, tap Get more Flash Briefing content and search for WRAL. Once enabled, Echo owners can get WRAL News by asking, "Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?" or "Alexa, what’s my news briefing?"

Alexa is built into the Amazon Echo, Amazon Show, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Fire TV (second generation), Fire HD 8 tablet and Triby, a portable smart speaker and message board.

Google Home

Google Home, right, is seen on display near  Pixel phone following a product event Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Google launched an aggressive challenge to Apple and Samsung introducing its own new line of smartphones called Pixel, which are designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls "Google Assistant."The new phones represent a big new push by Google to sell its own consumer devices, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

How do I get Google Assistant to play news?

"OK Google, talk to WRAL."

That's all it takes to get WRAL News on Google Home. WRAL was the first local news station in the country to provide a service on the Google Assistant platform.

Launched in November 2016, Google Home is a hands-free, always-on speaker that responds to voice commands known as "actions," and delivers information requested by the user through interaction with Google's voice service, Google Assistant.

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