Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

You can now give your Google Assistant a British or Australian accent

You can now give your Google Assistant a British or Australian accent

The accent options are rolling out to users who can choose to activate them using the assistant's mobile app. Users who turn on one of these accents will enjoy it synced across all of their Google Assistant devices.

So, how about some new accents? Now, two new voices, or rather accents, are joining the roster - Australian and British. But now you can keep an accent while still keeping all the text and spelling as English US.

In case you didn't notice, these are the same accents which have been available on Google Assistant in the Australian and United Kingdom markets.

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Google built these voices using DeepMind's speech synthesis model WaveNet, which uses deep neural networks to generate raw audio waveforms.

It's a way to add a bit of character and fun to your Google Assistant, harking back to the days you could put all sorts of weird voices (like Cartman from South Park, or John Cleese) on your Global Positioning System. You should be able to spot British Racing Green and Sydney Harbour Green. From there, go to the Assistant tab and select Assistant voice.

Although the addition of the new accents is more than welcome, they aren't exactly natural as you will see on the video below.

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