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I kind of hate the voice used for navigation, alarm clock. Seems everything is using that same voice. Too robotic for my liking. I found IVONA Text-to-Speech Voices | TTS Voices | Text To Voice

Not sure how good it is. Is there a better app than Ivona?

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Ivona voice sounds the best hands down (especially Amy and the new not yet on Android Salli voice). Works great on all apps for me. Sadly, whenever I reboot phone, Ivona no longer works. Only fix is to reinstall the whole thing which is a total PITA. I still do it though cause it sounds so much better then any of the other choices.

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I use SVOX classic, it's rather natural and comes with many languages, you can even choose between different speakers (male/female/...) for some languages. Drawback: It's not free, each language costs around 3EUR.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.svox.classic

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If it's possible, you can update to Jelly Bean (regular or via mod).

Android 4.1 comes with a new Google TTS engine that sounds very natural and IMHO tops SVOX classic (at least the german voice as of Q3/2012).

Included languages so far are:

  • English (US or UK accent)
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
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