Microsoft Translator adds new language picker and regional text-to-speech accents on mobile

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Microsoft has released a new update for the Translator app that brings a couple of new capabilities for both iOS and Android users. The first new feature that the company highlighted today is the ability to choose a specific region for hearing the playback of the translation.

“Known as Speech Regions, you can now select the accent of text-to-speech audio output you would like to hear while using the app. For instance, if you wanted to hear a translation into English you would be able to select American, British, Australian, or other accents,” the Microsoft Translator team explained.

Microsoft translator adds new language picker and regional text-to-speech accents on mobile - onmsft. Com - august 18, 2021

The new regional text-to-speech accents should help travelers better communicate with the local people by allowing them to play the translation in their native accent. It can also make it easier for learners to practice different phrases in a specific regional accent.

To try out the new Speech Regions feature, you will need to choose their preferred language and select the “Speech Region” option. Finally, select the region from the list and then pick a voice from the region's offerings.

In addition to the regional text-to-speech accents, the Microsoft Translator app has also received an updated language picker. The tool helps users quickly find out all the translation features supported for each language in the app.

These new features are available to check out now in the latest Microsoft Translator version available on the Google Play Store and App Store. Let us know in the comments below if the regional text-to-speech accents support will make the translation tool more useful for you.

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