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Google Assistant gets a Second Voice Option in Nine Countries

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Today, Google is launching new voices for Google Assistant in nine countries. This is the first time Google will be adding a secondary voice option outside the US. When users set up a new Android phone, the default voice will be chosen at random. However, you can change it later if you want to. New voices are available for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Norwegian in their respective countries. New English voices are also being launched in India and the UK.

Google’s Assistant was launched with a traditionally female-sounding voice, however, the company has been trying to move away from gendering its assistant, though. These new voices will be traditionally male sounding, but neither voice will come with a gendered name or description. Instead, Google will refer to the voices by colors, so one might be named “red” and the other might be named “orange.” The colors and the order they’re presented in will even be randomized.

Google began randomizing Assistant’s presentation like this last year, and on Google Nest and Home devices in the US, it’s already randomized the default voice. Earlier, multiple voices had only been available in the US, though, and only in English. Today’s update will change that.


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