Netputing (via MacRumors) has found in the Mac OS X Lion preview an option to install new text-to-speech voices. These optional voices appear to be similar to those from Nuance, which seems to confirm rumors that Apple has been working with Nuance as of late. The report goes on to state that developers receive an […]
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Nuance Text-to-Speech Voices Found in OS X Lion

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Netputing (via MacRumors) has found in the Mac OS X Lion preview an option to install new text-to-speech voices. These optional voices appear to be similar to those from Nuance, which seems to confirm rumors that Apple has been working with Nuance as of late. The report goes on to state that developers receive an error message at the moment when trying to install the voices, but OSX Daily has found online samples.
Here are the samples:
English American Accent – Samantha
English British Accent – Serena
French Canadian – Felix
Spanish – Monica
Finnish – Mikko
German – Yannick
Mandarin Chinese – Mei Ling

At any rate, it had been rumored that Apple was working with Nuance for iOS 5 functionality, specifically on speech recognition, but it appears that the two companies are working on more than one product. Besides, Siri, which was acquired by Apple in recent years and who’s technology is expected to be folded into iOS 5, relied heavily on Nuance technologies.

Image and audio clips via OSX Daily.

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