By far one of the most far reaching platforms Google has across it’s ecosystem is “Google Now”. Google Now powers everything from contextually aware notification cards and recommendations, to appointment notifications, to travel time warnings to voice search and control to the new Google Now on Tap functionality – Android 6.0 and above.
Since launch Google Now has had a slightly robotic, slightly American ascent. Earlier this week several of the Ausdroid staff felt that the voice had suddenly changed. The seemingly new voice was a little less robotic and perhaps a little English in its ascent. After a few days the voice persisted and still feels different.
We’ve recorded the new voice, let us know if you notice a tonal difference in the auditory representation of our Googly overloads.
The change appears to be server-side, we tested this out on a number of old devices which hadn’t received updates in a long time and all had the Australian voice. We’ve reached out to Google to confirm the change, but it seems to be working so try it out.