Google is adding a brand new voice to Google Assistant in nine countries. The company wants to give users more options when it comes to the Assistant voice, so they can pick the one they actually like the most.
It is now adding a new voice for nine languages, including German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, English in the U.K. or English in India. The new voices are represented as colors rather than genders, which is an interesting change. The company says it will also randomly assign a voice when users set-up their Assistant, getting either the “red” voice or the “orange” voice.
What’s even more interesting about this new voice for the nine languages is that it’s all built by AI. Google actually used the WaveNet tech from DeepMind, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to generate these new voices while making them sound natural.