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Google pulls obsolete high quality voices from Text-to-Speech

Google has removed high quality voice pack downloads from its Text-to-Speech app as standard quality voices now surpass the older high quality downloads.

Published onDecember 17, 2014

Google Text-to-Speech packs

Google has recently pushed out an update for its Text-to-Speech app to the Google Play Store, but the changelog reveals that Google has been actually removing some features.

Rather than adding in a host of new tools, Google has decided to remove the option to download high quality voices from within the app. However, there is a positive reason for this, the high quality packs have been made obsolete. Google has updated the standard quality voice packs so that they are now of a superior quality to the old high quality packs. To quote the update notes:

Our standard quality voices now surpass the quality of the high quality voices from our previous release

Good news then. The latest update to Text-to-Speech also brings additional support for Indonesian and Hindi languages.

If voice quality was off-putting in the past, now might be a good time to give it another shot. You can force update Text-to-Speech from the Play Store, if an automatic update has not already come through.

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