Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:01

Google adds top Aussie sports info to Google Search, Assistant and Home

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If you're a fan of AFL, NRL or Australian rugby, you can now check live scores, match results, upcoming fixtures, and ladders for your favourite footy codes, just by asking Google in just about any way you want.

The news comes from Google A/NZ's marketing director, Aisling Finch, in an official blog post.

Finch doesn't flinch when she reminds us that, since the beginning, "Google’s mission has been to organise the world’s information".

As Finch notes, "that mission is just as relevant today — and in Australia — as it was back then".

"From building our coverage of Australia on Google Maps, to charting the Great Barrier Reef through underwater Street View, and surfacing high-quality health information in Google Search," Finch says, "we’re carrying out that mission in Australia in many ways".

She then tells us that Google knows that sport "sparks the Aussie spirit like nothing else, and getting information about the sports and teams you love is important to keep you cheering, and across the action".

"And with the AFL, NRL and Australian rugby seasons here, it’s the perfect time to gear up for the games that captivate our nation.

"Starting today, Aussie fans can check live scores, match results, upcoming fixtures, and ladders for their favourite footy codes, including AFL, NRL, and Australian rugby, in Google Search and using the Google Assistant."

So, whether you’re a Geelong Cats tragic, a Rabbitohs die-hard or a Reds fanatic — or even a newcomer to the game — Finch explains how we can now use Google Search, Google Assistant and Google Home to "follow all things footy":

Stay ahead of the game

For the first time, we're told that "you can get the key details you need for your pre-game planning — at a glance — in Google Search. You’ll be able to see the fixtures and game times in a nice, neat panel at the top of the Search Results Page on mobile or desktop.

"You can also lean on your Google Assistant to keep you up to date through your Google Home device, or while you’re out and about on your mobile. Just ask your Google Assistant 'Ok Google, when are the Brisbane Lions playing next?'”

Check live scores, as they happen

If you’re stuck in meetings or at the farmer’s market with the in-laws, Finch says "you can stay in the game with up-to-the-minute scores for your team.

"Live scores will be available in a snapshot at the top of Google Search Results, so you can sneak a quick glance when you’re on the edge of your seat. With a simple voice command, you can also ask your Google Assistant to check the ladder to see if your team is safe."

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Finch adds that we can "stay up-to-date with news bulletins from ABC Sport, Fox Rugby and AFL News, thanks to Telstra. You can follow the news of all 18 AFL clubs by asking “Hey Google, play the Sydney Swans news” or “Play the West Coast Eagles news".

"These news briefings are updated once a day during the off-season, and twice a day in the regular season."

Get your Assistant cheering, joking and learning

Finch concludes by stating: "Your Assistant is always learning, so it will understand your preferred team nicknames and the sports you care about over time.

"You can also ask your Assistant to tell you an AFL joke, or make season predictions by asking 'Ok Google, who’s going to win the flag?' And after the siren sounds on full time, say 'Talk like a footballer' to get a classic post-match commentary full of the footy cliches we all know and secretly love.

"Whether you are celebrating a win or lamenting a loss, we hope these updates offer some useful and fun ways help you keep up to date and get your game on!"

You can also use Google Search and Google Assistant on iOS, Android devices and on Google Home to tell you about ICC and IPL Cricket, Soccer (including A-League for Australia), ATP and WTA tennis tournaments, PGA, LPGA, European Tour, PGA Tour Champions and Web.com tour Golf matches, as well as US sports like NBA, NFL and others.  

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