Starting today, Google now lets you switch the voice to have either an Australian or British accent for Google Assistant across your devices.
You could always do this in the past, but it involved changing your system language to another region like English UK or English AU. But now you can keep an accent while still keeping all the text and spelling as English US.
The voice models are built by DeepMind’s WaveNet synthesis. Using deep neural networks, it can simulate realistic sounding voice that sounds natural.
If you want to check these new voices out, open the Google app on your phone and tap the “More” tab to access the settings. Then, hit the “Assistant” tab and tap “Assistant voice”. You’ll see two new voices for Google Assistant here. “Sydney Harbour Blue” is for the Australian voice and “British Racing green” is for the British accent.
We didn’t see the new voice options show up right away, so the feature should be rolling out over the next day or so.