English offerings and eliminating the default “female voice” selection in the latest beta version of iOS. This means that every person setting up for themselves, and it will no longer default to the voice assistant being female, a topic that has come up quite a bit regarding bias in voice interfaces over the past few years.
Theto program participants. This is the first of these assistants to make an utterly agnostic choice with no default selection. This is a positive step forward, allowing to choose their preferred voice without default bias. The two new agents also bring some much-needed variety to the voices of Siri, offering more diversity in speech sound and pattern to a user picking a voice that speaks to them.
In some countries and languages, Siri already defaults to a male voice. But thischooses the users for the first time. “We’re excited to introduce two new Siri voices for English speakers and the option for Siri users to select the voice they want when they set up their device,” a statement from Apple reads. “This is a continuation of and services designed to reflect better the diversity of our world.”
The two new voices use source talent recordings that run through Apple’s Neural text-to-speech engine, making the voices flow more organically through phrases generated on the fly. I’ve heard the new voices, and they sound pretty fantastic, with natural inflection and smooth transitions. They’ll be a welcome addition of choice for iOS users. Here are some samples of the voices in action:
users worldwide, and Siri users can select a personal preference of voice in 16 languages. It looks pretty likely that these two new voices are just the first expansion in Siri’s voice selections. More voice, tone, and regional dialect diversity can improve how inclusive smart devices feel.also upgrades the Siri voices in Ireland, Russia, and Italy to Neural TTS, bringing the new tech’s total votes to 38. Siri now handles 25 devices and supports 21 languages in 36 countries. The new voices are available to English-speaking
Over the past few years, we have finally begun to see some movement from Amazon, Google, and