Google Now's Text-to-Speech Gets a More Human Sounding Voice Update

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  1. dgstorm

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    For the longest time, Google Now voice search has been superior in capability to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa; however, there is one area where all three of those have Google Now voice search beat. The sound of the voice in Google Now is artificial, whereas Siri, Cortana and Alexa all have a more natural sounding and human-like voice response. Google has apparently changed that.

    It looks like Google's latest update to Google Now gives it a vastly improved voice that sounds like an actual person instead of a stilted computer mimic. So far, the only change will be to the U.S. English version. There is no information when/if any of the other languages will get a similar update.

    Another thing that is interesting about this "update" is that it must be server-side, because the Google Play Store does NOT include a new update for the app. If you don't have this change already on your Android device, you can manually switch to it by going to Settings > Language and input > Text-to-Speech output > Settings (the gear icon) > Language and choose English (United States) instead of Use system language.

    We found a video below that gives a demonstration of both voices as a comparison.
     
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    Here's that video:

     
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    A) I never had a problem with 'her' voice
    B) No new voice for me yet. :(
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    Listened to the video. It's better.
     
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    It does sound a little better. I just checked the English option and Unchecked update over WiFi only, hopefully the new voice will update soon.

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    I tried UK English to see if she had an accent. No. :(

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    Is it strictly Google Now? Because I just got an update for Google text-to-speech...

    Are you sure you're doing it right? She had an accent the last time I tried it. I prefer for her to be British (or Australian), but I've had trouble getting phones to actually use the voices with accents. When you play the preview, it's there, but then when you navigate or something, it's American.
     
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    Hmm...Even though I got a TTS update, she still sounds robotic.
     
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    No update here yet.
     
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    I noticed that when I go into the Settings for Install Voice Data > English US there is no download arrow like there is for other languages. Maybe thats normal, but also maybe why we are not hearing the new voice? Will it download automatically if the Auto Update option is checked?

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    I should be a millionaire by now also.

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    I've always had issues with text to speech getting some rather complex words pronounced correctly but simple/common words pronounced wrong.
     
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