Even though Google Assistant offers multiple voices, only the U.S. had the feature in English. That changes today, when Google announced a new Assistant voice for nine other countries.
Today’s announcement means the nine countries now have a second Assistant voice option to pick from. The nine supported languages include the following, with each language corresponding to the country:
- English in the U.K.
- English in India
Google claimed the new voices should sound natural and feature good pacing and pitch, thanks to DeepMind’s WaveNet technology. The company also claimed the voices will sound like a native speaker and be able to understand users’ accents, cultural references, the way they talk, and more.
Google also announced today voices will be displayed by color instead of gender. With this change also comes a Google experiment, which gives you a 50% percent chance of getting the “red” or “orange” voice as the default if you live in one of the countries getting a new voice.
The second Assistant voice is rolling out in the U.K., India, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, and Italy.