Sep 19, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
My new Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 'mechanical' voice when reading text-to-speech. I would like to change that to match the voice that my old S2 had, which was female, with an English accent.

I downloaded the "Speech Synthesis Data Installer" and set text-to-speech options accordingly. Then I played an example, which sounds perfect. However, when I use speech guidance with, say, Maps, or in the briefing with my alarm, the voice reverts to the 'mechanical' female.

Can someone please suggest a fix?
I posted an answer that you already covered in your post. Sorry, it's shorthand from another discussion forum I frequent. It means reading comprehension is greater than me or I failed at reading comprehension.
I did some poking around in hopes of being able to edit that with useful information and failed miserably. I even tried some suggestions I found and nothing worked.
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I had an email reply:

"Dear Ozhatch,

johnny_w has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled - General Voice in text to speech - in the Samsung Galaxy S4 forum of Android Forums.

This thread is located at:

Here is the message that has just been posted:
Have you tried going to settings> My Device> Accessibility>Text-to-speech options and see what's selected? I use Google text-to-speech engine but perhaps the one you downloaded/installed will be listed."


Done all that, and downloaded the Samsung TTS update. Still no change, except that the 'mechanical' voice is somewhat lower than the earlier version.
Yup, that's where I asked you to do something you had already tried. I'm not sure how I missed it, but I did. On the plus side I now have a snazzy British voice on my phone. I'm not sure when I'll ever hear it, but it's there. I also learned I can change the voice on Waze.
Sorry for wasting your time.