Google Assistant Adds 9 More Language Options, Plus More English Voices

Posted: Sep 18 2019, 6:43am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Google Assistant adds 9 more language options, plus more English voices

Time to get Google to speak in your own language.

Tired of hearing from the same assistant all day every day? Now, you can choose from the previous eight voices for your Google Assistant in 2017 to up to more than 30 today.

The tech giant has announced that it has added more voices and languages to the smart assistant service. Previously, users in the U.S. can only choose between 11 English voices. Now that Google Assistant has gained a huge number of users from across the world, the company has added a new voice in nine more languages: German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, English in the U.K. or English in India.

The new voices will be made available this week, coinciding with the launch of Apple’s iOS 13, which is expected to include a new voice for Siri with a neural text-to-speech transmitter that makes Siri “more human.”

Meanwhile, according to Google, the new voices for Google Assistant were created in partnership with its subsidiary, London-based DeepMind Technologies, which specializes in artificial intelligence, or AI.

Google Assistant used DeepMind’s WaveNet technology, which also makes the voices sound more natural with great pitch and pacing, the company said.

WaveNet was first integrated into Google Assistant in October 2017.

In the latest integration, Google said users can choose a voice for their Google Assistant through the Settings tab in the Assistant app. The voices are displayed by color instead of gender, which is also a move that could be applauded by people fighting against gender stereotypes.

“We’ve learned that people enjoy choosing between voices to find the one that sounds right to them, and we think it’s important to present these voices to you without any labels,” Google said.

Google Assistant is such a useful tool in the modern world. Without having to type anything on your phone, you’ll be able to do a lot of things like set alarms, reminders, appointments, text people, play your favorite song or playlist, and even dim your lights at home if you have a smart light installed.

Google Assistant can be accessed via smartphones, smart speakers, wearable devices like smartwatches, cars, TVs, laptops and more.

It also works with a number of apps like Spotify, YouTube, Uber, Netflix, Domino’s, Starbucks and the news, among many others.

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