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I love the Navigation app on Android. The voice it uses is fine, but I'd like a little variety. I'd settle for it using the British voice that's available on the phone. However, I've changed the Text-to-speech setting on the phone for language to British, but it hasn't changed the voice used by Navigation. There is not a setting in Navigation for the voice. Assuming it uses the "locale" setting, my only options on the Droid are "English" or "Español".

Am I stuck? Does this require root?

In case it matters, I'm still currently on Android 2.2.

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I'm shocked that there isn't a thriving market of user-contributed voice must be harder to manipulate than I'd thought... – Michael Haren Aug 9 '10 at 19:19
please let there more that want this! – mfg Aug 19 '10 at 18:46
It's worth noting that the Navigation voice is (if I understand correctly) not actually generated on the phone; it's downloaded from Google's servers along with the route. – Kevin Reid Aug 24 '10 at 11:53
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This is apparently not possible with Android 2.2 on Motorola Droid.

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You should suggest it at if it doesn't already exist: – Bryan Denny Oct 25 '10 at 15:51

The SVOX Classic TTS system replaces the (robotic) native Android Pico_TTS (and Pico_TTS is generating the speech onboard the phone)

free main application

$3 voices like the British Victoria voice

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