Over the Fourth of July holiday, I took a day trip with my partner to nearby St. Louis, just to get out of town, go shopping, and try our luck at one of the casinos. I thought it would be a perfect time to try out the new car dock that I bought for my HTC EVO 4G LTE, along with a new Bluetooth input device that I recently installed in my car. Once the Bluetooth was connected and my phone was docked, I got some music playing and fired up Google Navigation, only to be greeted by a new, cheerier, faster-talking but easier to understand woman’s voice who told me where to turn next.
I thought to myself that this unexpected change was odd – but I didn’t really think anything else of it, and we started our trip to St. Louis.
But mid-way to St. Louis, the old, slower-talking, gloomier voice came back and spoke the next exit. Then, the more chipper and energetic woman came back – and that’s what happened for the rest of the trip. It sounded like there were two completely different women in my phone, each taking turns while the other went to the bathroom or had a coffee break.
I did some research when I got home, and it seems like I’m not the only one with this problem. The general consensus seems to be that the happier, energetic woman is the new voice of Google Now, which is Google’s answer to Siri. Google must be gradually rolling out this text-to-speech improvement to a few Android devices, but it seems like some of those Android devices don’t really know how to consistently handle the new voice. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future OTA update, but in the meantime, it’s quite funny to hear my phone switch voices – sometimes in mid-sentence!
What about you? Does your phone have an issue with multiple personalities, too?