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Google's Text-to-Speech app isn't exactly one that grabs headlines, but it's certainly useful for those who rely on it. Today it gets a little more useful as Google has added a handful of languages for its speech output support. The latest update adds support for selecting and speaking text in Dutch, Polish, and Russian, and better support for at least some dialects of English spoken in India has been added as well.

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Today's update brings the total language support for TTS up to 13, including US/UK/Indian English and Spain/US Spanish. Aside from Korean and the regional dialects, the current TTS options are very focused on European languages, so it's safe to say that Google has a long way to go to further worldwide support. 

There is no dedicated app in the drawer for Google's TTS - to change your output settings, go to the main Settings menu, then Language and Input.

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  • nagateja

    But that female for English (India) sounds a bit like Chinese girl trying to speak English

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      What if she is?

    • pfmiller

      Doesn't sound like a Chinese accent to me at all.

  • Ali

    The new Indian accent is way too Indian for me. And that's saying something, I'm Indian myself.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I don't know why, but that made me guffaw. I just imagined that the programmers thought that Apu from the Simpons was the basis of all Indian accents, it would be like Indians programming an American voice based on Slingblade.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        "Welcome steady customer!"

    • am

      South Indians have a very different accent than North Indians, who have a very different accent than North-East Indians. And all of them have their own variations of accent depending on their native language.

      I have never been able to figure out which part of India the American depiction of an Indian accent comes from.

  • Apu

    Day one of Narendra modi at office and we have indian english in google text to speech.

    • siddude11

      Am i the only one who laughed?

      • Aman Yajurvedi

        No :)

  • Vikramaditya

    Maybe finally it will understand what all my "tunak tunak tuns" mean...

  • Adi

    Chrome desktop version of Google Now started using this English (Indian) for me lately, even though I had expressly selected English US for Chrome, as well as in the Search Settings. Took me a while to figure out how to get it to speak properly again! (Had to choose google.com instead of .in)

    ps. By properly I mean not like someone trying too hard to sound "Indian".

  • muhkuhap

    They would be doing better improving the offline capabilites..

    On my German Nexus 4 I installed German, English, and Spanish (Espanol)

    Offline Dictionaries
    Voice Input
    Text To Speach.

    Tranlating works fine. Text to Speech also.

    What also works is voice input in other apps like Whatsapp via the Mic startet from within the onscreen keyboard.

    BUT

    in Translate only GERMAN works.

    If i set the system language to english, then english works too. same with spanish.

    wtf?

  • Jurk

    How about they fix what's currently broken first? For example, the selected language is still hit-and-miss on navigation. I get directions from both US English female and UK English female. It's like they're taking turns guiding me.

  • ashish

    Seriously google?? Indian English?? Being an Indian I can say it's not that much indian accent. Its sounds like someone trying hard to speak in English. I work in IT company and we all speak English. I never heard anyone with this accent. Its either the choice (girl chosen) is wrong or she had a hard time speaking english. I mean come on...!! Indian English like this??

  • D

    I installed the Polish voice pack but cannot get Google Now to respond in Polish. How can I change voice output to be in Polish?

    • Marcin Jaworski

      We've only got speech synthesis. No Google Now integration for now. We still need to wait for offline pack for voice recognition.

      But I need to say that the quality of speech synthesis is great :).

      • Darek

        Dziekuje Marcin / Thanks Marcin

  • Dominik

    Wonderful Polish voice. It has easily surpassed IVONA. Great job Google! And at finally have Google Music!

    • Marcin Jaworski

      Yes. The quality is stunning and the voice is so natural. I still need to do some testing in navigation but it looks very promising. I wonder if/when we get the offline voice recognition pack which is a prerequisite for Google Now hot-word search activation, and also better Google Now support with voice answers.

  • Ambroos

    The Dutch voice is atrocious. Can't believe they can release it like that. Even though the pronunciation is decent the voice makes me cringe because it's so annoying.

  • Apu V

    Ok google hot word detection is not working in google now with Indian English. ठीक है गूगल?

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