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Google adds new male and female vocal options to version 3.8 of its Text-to-speech tool

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Google adds new male and female vocal options to version 3.8 of its Text-to-speech tool
Tired of hearing the same old voice read the text on your screen using Google Text-to-speech? Soon, you'll be able to pick from multiple options on Android phones, including different versions of male and female voices. This way, not every phone sounds the same. The new choices will be coming with version 3.8 of Google Text-to-speech.
 
The app can be used to read content on your screen and read aloud books purchased from the Google Play Store. When used with Google Translate, you can hear the correct way to pronounce a word spoken in a foreign language.

To change the voice on Google Text-to-speech, go to Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output. Next to "Google Text-to-speech Engine" you will see the Settings icon (a gear). Click on that, and  tap on "Install voice data." From there, select the language that you want to use, and you will see what choices you have for the vocals.

It is possible that the update hasn't reached you yet, and if you're the impatient type, you can click on the sourcelink to install the APK. Click on the slideshow if you want to see what the updated version of Text-to-speech looks like.


source: GoogleText-to-speech (APK) via AndroidPolice

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posted on 13 Feb 2016, 21:32 1

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Finally. Enough with the robot sounding voices from 2008.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 00:09 1

2. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


And still I don't care! Even with the most advanced voice synthesizers they still sound horribly robotic to my ears.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 11:27 1

4. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Next step: increased speed, soon please

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 09:36

3. gomulkaaa (Posts: 42; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


You can't even use these voices in applications like Google Maps. This isn't very useful.

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