Google Search is getting a new voice

by: Kris CarlonMarch 23, 2016
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Google Search teaser

The janky, robotic voice of Google Search results that we’ve all come to know and love – at least in U.S. English – is being retired. Google is rolling out a new, smoother and less disjointed voice for spoken search results, as you can hear in the video below.

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The more natural intonation and fluid delivery are much more life-like and the “gaps” between words are almost impossible to hear. It seems to be a server-side Google Text-to-Speech engine change, because the Play Store is not showing any available updates and nor are the latest APKs of Google TTS and the Google app.

If you’re not using U.S. English as your default and want to see if you have the new voice (or you just want to check out other accents), go to Settings > Language and input > Text-to-Speech output > Settings > Language to choose your system language. If necessary, go to Install voice data and choose a language pack to download.

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  • Rohit Raja

    sounds pretty cool and natural…

    • Adrián Iriarte

      sarcasm detected

      • EasyCare

        How natural do you want it to be?

        • Adrián Iriarte

          I dont care a lot of the quality of the voice, i want a real assistant, a mix of silliness of Siri and utility of Google Now. There is a loooooooooot of room to improve.

          One command answered in 10 different ways.

          • Total Security

            So true!!! So. True. I am waiting for the day where you just say “please make me a smoothie, Samantha!”

            Probably never gonna happen lol.

          • Peeta Mellark

            lol… a GF can slap you.. :)

          • Lejinad

            Get a girlfriend.

          • Adrián Iriarte

            i agree..

          • Peeta Mellark

            Then use Cortana! Available on Google Play!

          • Adrián Iriarte

            Cortana is not as useful as siri or google now

          • Peeta Mellark

            You can use both Google Now and Cortana. Cortana is available as an app on the Play Store.

  • Craig

    Definitely sounds more fluid. The old one was already pretty good. Especially compared to Siri.

    • Total Security

      That is just a pure lie… I am sorry. But Siri sounded much better than Google Now. But now they are comparable! And that is good.

      • Eleazar Parham

        I agree. Google Now sounds much better now the old voice wasn’t great at all

      • Choda Boy

        Lie? That is a strong accusation to make for a difference of opinion.

    • Dannyboy

      Google Search voice is definitely a lot quieter than the old voice on my marshmallow HTC m8. Seems like it changed as soon as my phone updated to Android 6. I don’t like it at all. Using GPS I can barely hear it unlike the old google voice. Am I missing something? I’d like to roll back to the old louder clearer voice….can it be done or am I stuck with the new not so loud google voice ? Help!!

  • ConCal

    Wow, that’s impressive.

    • Total Security

      It’s not that impressive when compared to Apple’s Siri from the pure voice output. But the gap is closing :) And that is good for Google and bad for Apple! :)

      • F.F.

        Apple paid you to promote Siri?

      • EngineerGunter

        Well my orange tastes better than your Apple.

        • Total Security

          I do not use ANY Apple products, god damn it! I hate Apple! Why can you not just admit, that google has to catch up in terms of natural voices in Google Now compared to Apple’s Siri? I would never use Apple though. They are a silly sect to me.

          • EngineerGunter

            Wow. Chill. I wasn’t trying to say one was better than the other… And I definitely agree that Siri has always had a lead on Google in the realm of natural sounding speech. I’m just saying that the two companies are so different in what they do. Hence the apples to oranges reference.

          • Total Security

            Oh, okay then I just misunderstood you :P

  • BrightSide45

    I really can’t tell the difference….

  • Alexandru Socol

    I work as a Search Engine Evaluator and I’m proud knowing that I played a (minor) role in achieving this! In the past couple of months I must’ve listened to thousands of Google Voice answers and rating how natural they sounded. :D/

    • Peeta Mellark

      I almost became a Search Engine Evaluator..

  • My Galaxy Prime

    You know what would be really cool? If we could create our own command to activate the Google App. I wonder how many people would have the name Jarvis in theirs.

    • ikaros02

      You can use Google Now with OK Jarvis btw.

      • Peeta Mellark

        yep… you can! and actually my computer is J.A.R.V.I.S. i will probably do a video on it also..

  • Decent improvement. I hope the same level of improvement will be coming to the UK English voice(s).

  • Dannyboy

    Google Search voice is definitely a lot quieter than the old voice on my marshmallow HTC m8. Seems like it changed as soon as my phone updated to Android 6. I don’t like it at all. Using GPS I can barely hear it unlike the old google voice. Am I missing something? I’d like to roll back to the old louder clearer voice….can it be done or am I stuck with the new not so loud google voice ? Any help with getting the old voice back would be appreciated. I have already tried uninstalling google updates. She still sounds like she’s got a blanket over her head.

  • RuR

    Nice