Siri sounds better in Britain after voice improvements

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Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
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Apple has quietly updated the female British voice for Siri. The improvements can be heard today on HomePod and iOS devices.

The update comes just a few weeks after Apple updated the male British voice. It is believed the company could be working on improvements for many of Siri’s international voices.

Apple launched a mission to make Siri sound less robotic in 2017. The release of iOS 11 that fall brought big improvements to Siri’s voice in a number of markets, and the improvements have slowly but surely continued since then.

Apple is thought to be using machine learning techniques to make its assistant sound more natural. It hasn’t changed the voice artists behind Siri — at least not for the British accents — but they now sound more human.

Siri sounds better in Britain

The latest improvements to the female British voice can be enjoyed on iPhone, iPad, and HomePod today, users report. Siri’s capabilities remain the same; it just sounds better than it did before.

“Anyone notice that Siri’s British voice is sounding more natural?” user Dylan Gardner tweeted. “Apparent some server side tweaks have taken place over the past week or so and the female voice has definitely improved.”

Users have also reported improvements to Siri’s Australian accents in recent weeks, 9to5Mac reports. It could indicate Apple is working on updating a number of its international voices in preparation for Siri upgrades that will be previewed at WWDC in June.

Have you noticed any changes to Siri’s voice where you live? Let us know down in the comments.