Google Assistant can talk and sing like John Legend in the U.S., and it’s conversant in over 30 languages in 80 countries (up from 8 languages and 14 countries in 2017). But in the years since its international launch, Google’s AI interlocutor hasn’t been able to switch between more than one voice outside of the U.S. Fortunately, that’s changing.
Google today announced that Google Assistant users who’ve selected English in the U.K., English in India, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Korean, or Italian will gain a second voice type with a unique cadence. They’ll join the 11 English voices already available stateside, of which were previewed at Google’s I/O 2018 developer conference last year.
Google Assistant product manager Brant Ward said that each voice was