Google Text-to-speech update adds “high quality” languages, Google Play Games gets new features


Google Play Games TTS updates

It’s about that time of the week where we see Google doing some tidying up on Google Play, pushing out new features and bug fixes for some of their apps. The most noteworthy new updates for today include Google Play Games, and Google TTS (text-to-speech) both rolling out slowly across devices (so don’t freak out if you don’t see the updates just yet).

Google TTS (text-to-speech) 3.0

The biggest of the updates comes by way of Google TTS. Google’s own text-to-speech app adds new languages like Portuguese and US Spanish (different from Spain Spanish) and “high-quality” voice options for languages. To be honest — you probably wont notice much of an improvement between the non and high-quality versions, but perhaps it makes a bigger impact when listening through car speakers/headphones.

Google TTS update 03-05-14

After updating, you’ll still need to download the new high-quality versions — whose file sizes top off at around 240MB. Here’s a quick walkthrough to get you up and running:

Settings > Language & input > scroll down to Text-to-speech output > under “Preferred Engine” click the settings icon next to Google Text-to-speech Engine > Install voice data > select whichever language you like > click the download icon next to the “high quality” version (should be around 240MB) > once downloaded it should already be selected for you.

Should you decide you no longer wish to have a downloaded language taking up space on your internal memory, simply click the new trash can icon to delete it. Don’t worry if the new languages aren’t spoken in apps like Google Now or Maps, that seems to be an issue with the way text-to-speech is handled in those apps (keeps the default).

Google Play Games 1.5

Google Play Games 1.5

Also updated in the Play Store was Google Play Games. The update brings new features that actually help to make the app a little more useful (imagine that). Android gamers can now see invitations for multiplayer games, see who’s playing a game, and find recommended titles in a new “Find Games” section. It’s not much, but it’s definitely a start. Google also added smaller UI tweaks like moving the 3-dot settings into the slide out side-bar menu, a new trend we’ve been seeing a lot from Google these days.

You can download and/or update the apps via the Play Store links below, just don’t forget that because these are Google’s doing, the rollout wont hit everywhere at once. Cheers.

Download/update on Google Play: Google TTS | Google Play Games

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. No point giving Play store links. They are automatically updated anyway. If you can, give us the apks.

  2. Does the new text to speech update still break the alarm briefing on the S3 (or any other phone with it?) I’d like to update this but I don’t want to lose the alarm briefing. I like my phone saying “hey wake your lazy ass up” every morning then telling me my events for the day. :)

  3. Didn’t get the play games update . Hopeful to get soon…..

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