Google gives its search app a new voice

The new voice is more natural-sounding thanks to clever uses of intonations.

You're likely well-acquainted with the voice of Google's search app, but get ready: Google is shaking things up. The company has introduced a new voice that promises to be subtler and more natural. It combines the usual small slices of speech with whole segments that reflect the intonation changes people make in real life, such as a higher-pitched inquisitive tone. While it's not as if the previous voice was all that stiff (Google's was arguably the most natural of the major options), it should sound considerably more human-like as it answers your queries. The new sounds should be available now, so feel free to ask Google some questions to see if you can spot the differences.