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Google Now has lost its voice

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Google Now has lost its voice
This morning, we heard from a reader that Google Now had stopped speaking. At the time, we couldn't confirm that it was a widespread problem, but reports have been coming out that the issue has persisted for a number of users. We have verified the problems, but unfortunately, there's no word on when Google Now will get its voice back.

Normally, when you ask Google Now a question, Google's lovely robo-voice would speak the answer to you. But, for reasons unknown, this morning the voice stopped speaking. The first reports hit just before 10AM EST, and as of this writing the issue had not yet been fixed. 

It seems like an issue on Google's end of things, but Google has also not made a statement on the problem. We'll let you know when the voice comes back.

*Update* Looks like the voice is back as of around 3:30PM EST, but still no word from Google on what happened.

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posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:12 20

1. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Please don't start hating about Apple-is-more-reliable crap... software errors happen to all operating systems. :)

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:22 18

5. Androids (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


But when it's about Apple, everybody bashes it... --'

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:44 9

7. JGuinan007 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Yeah I agree I love Android but we should be able to take what we give out so Apple fans have at us

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:46 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 9262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly now its it happens to everyone. Pot can't call the kettle black

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:50 4

21. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Apple has the as of now 3-month old apple maps that have yet to be fixed, which is a ubiquitous problem, and here we have google's day old problem that affects few users, I don't even have that problem. I do like Apple, Google, Samsung and all, but we can clearly see who's less "reliable" in the past few months.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:43 3

31. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Is it because I appreciate the offering of each and every company, be it Apple, Microsoft or Google? I still remember the first time I had an iPod touch. It was that device that made me the tech junkie I am today. Microsoft because, come on, windows, who hasn't used it. Is it wrong of me to like Apple, at least with a good enough reason? Maybe it's not innovative right now but it used to be, so should we suddenly forget the awesome things they brought to the table. I mean honestly, a decent touch OS before the iPhone for phones or a good tablet before the iPad? Apart from the GALAXY SII and few exceptions, the iPhone was better than every gingerbread phone in my opinion in terms of speed, quality apps and design.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 15:14 2

23. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Also Remember Google is handling 4-5 times apple's phone/tab clientbase :)

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 16:30 6

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 9262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So what, cut the excuses. Google is mistake prone too

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:14 10

2. reyenrique (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


the girl is tire give her a break

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:15 2

3. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


i just tried on my s3. nada. oh well sure google will fix this soon. just like "he now praised the ipad" fiasco

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:17 5

4. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


The only female voice I want to hear and it's gone :(

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:39 6

6. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Maybe its not even an error at all. Maybe they are updating it.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:45

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Or perhaps it was removed because of patent issues with another company

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:34

18. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Maybe so.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 16:33 2

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 9262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Or maybe it just messed up, and they'll fix it and move on. No excuses, or trying to use apple bashes to deflect the obvious. Google can have issues too, and still b a great company.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:38

30. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Well Microsoft puts down XBL during their updates. I'm not quick to assume there are problems with that. Especially since it was completely down instead of glitching or something.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:51

10. droidboy (Posts: 31; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Mine is working fine. I have a note 2. But it shouldnt matter what phone you have.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:55

11. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I rarely use it, so don't know about earlier, but it just gave me the score of the Packers game and the definition of a...well, a naughty word. No issues as of now.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:04

12. blingblingthing (Posts: 379; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


She is working fine for me. Running a custom ROM.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:08

13. metal (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)


It works perfectly on my nexus 7

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:22

14. housry23 (Posts: 71; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


Must be fixed now. Working fine for me on my Nexus 4. I'm running Cm10.1, but I don't see why that would make any difference.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:22

15. 90ninjas (Posts: 86; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Works fine on my SGS2

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:22

16. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


She just literally spoke for me on my Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile :D

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:33

17. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Google wiill get his voice back Now

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:43

19. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


My dna worked perfectly smooth but my Nexus7 had a slight delay before her voice came on.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 14:47

20. sadiqhashim (unregistered)


She is fine, is like she just hate some users and she had to leave for good.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 15:11

22. Basharhd99 (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Not a problem on my friends phone gs 3

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 15:17

24. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


mine is working just fine. Although I suppose an outage is possible, it doesn't make sense why the phone wouldn't be able to speak, since it's using its own text reading capabilities to read results. It's the same way the navigational directions are given to drivers. Is it possible that the original reader who noticed the issue had his media volume setting set to low? This would prevent the voice from being heard. I've had this happen to me before and was quite confused until I checked all of my volume settings.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 17:16

27. hotdoggnboi (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


she's talking again :D

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 18:29

28. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Huh. I never had any problems on my g nex.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:59

29. ap1989 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


it does that on my galaxy nexus sometimes because when i play games i turn the volume down but forget to turn it back up. that could be the problem just go to sound settings and check if volume is turned up

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 03:37

32. mydi.maus (unregistered)


upgrading to robot voice

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