Aussies and Brits living abroad in US can now get a taste of home with British and Australian voices now available on US Google Home. Say “G’day” and “Cheerio” to new accents for your Google Assistant.
If you’re an English speaker in the U.S., you can choose between an Australian-accent voice and a British-accent voice for your Google Assistant on Android, Home, Smart Displays.
Google Home can now speak British or Australian accent.
When Assistant first launched, it featured one voice — “Holly” — before adding a male voice last year. In May, six new voices brought the total up to eight. And in July also rolled out a new color-based naming scheme for Assistant voices. Previously, the variants were just referred to as Voice I (now Red), Voice II (Orange), etc.
Today’s voices follow that organization with “Sydney Harbour Blue” serving as the Australian accent, while the British voice is called “British Racing Green” and are available for devices set to English in the U.S.
These voices are built using DeepMind’s speech synthesis model WaveNet, which uses deep neural networks to generate raw audio waveforms—resulting in more realistic and natural-sounding voices for Google Assistant.
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To try these new voices, on your phone, navigate to “Settings” → “Assistant” → “Assistant voice.” Select, either “Sydney Harbour Blue” for Australian, or “British Racing Green” for British voice.