Google Voice Search Multiple Personality Disorder

I was using my Galaxy Nexus for some turn-by-turn navigation today and it was an odd experience. Half the instructions spoken by the Navigation app were in a typical synthesized voice, while the other half were in a chipper, natural sounding voice.

“In five hundred feet, turn right. Then YOUR DESTINATION IS ON YOUR RIGHT.”

Google has a new speech synthesis technology in conjunction with Android Jelly Bean, but I’m still running Ice Cream Sandwich and I’m getting a split-personality from my phone. You can really notice the voice quality difference when so closely juxtaposed.

I can almost imagine the following:

New Voice: In five hundred feet, turn left onto…
Old Voice: STATE STREET.
NV: Turn left onto…
OV: WHO SAID THAT?
NV: Turn left onto…
OV: HELP, I THINK I’M BEING REPLACED.
NV: Turn left, please.

The Cylons are becoming more humanoid.

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