Google Now has lost its voice

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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32 Comments

1. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

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

5. Androids

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

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

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

21. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

31. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

the girl is tire give her a break

3. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

4. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

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

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Maybe so.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

30. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

10. droidboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 795; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

13. metal

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

It works perfectly on my nexus 7

14. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

15. 90ninjas unregistered

Works fine on my SGS2

16. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

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

17. buccob

Posts: 2946; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Google wiill get his voice back Now

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

20. sadiqhashim unregistered

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

22. Basharhd99

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Not a problem on my friends phone gs 3

24. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

27. hotdoggnboi

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

she's talking again :D

28. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

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

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