Google Maps speaks with a funny accent because of a bug
Google Maps is the victim of a rather strange and funny bug. Indeed, several users complain of seeing the voice used for navigation suddenly express itself with an Indian accent in the majority of cases. Google is aware of the problem and says it is working on a fix.
While Google Maps is at the center of several controversies, starting with the limitation of functionalities in the event of refusal to share your location data, the mapping service is the victim of a new bug. And let’s say he’s kinda funny. As you know, Google Maps like many other applications dedicated to navigation offers voice instructions.
An extremely handy feature when it comes to finding your way around an unfamiliar city. Only and as evidenced by several users on Twitter, the voice used by Google Maps is a bit derailed at the moment. Indeed, for some still unknown reason, the default voice suddenly changes in favor of an East Indian voice.
The voice of Google Maps wants a change
“Hello, I use the English voice and usually it is a female voice. On the way back home today, it was mostly the female voice. Then suddenly, during an instruction, she spoke in what sounded like a deep male voice with a slight Indian accent. Has anyone known this? It’s crazy”, tells a user on Reddit.
“Same thing here. A man with an Indian accent. He started by alternating between the usual female voice and the Indian male voice, then became completely Indian after a few minutes ”, add another user. It’s unclear to what extent this issue affects users and if country, language, or device are factors. Of course, this bug does not affect the accuracy of guidance and instructions, but let’s say that it can indeed be disconcerting.
With the multiplication of testimonies, Google quickly recognized the problem on Twitter and assured it was working on a fix., who “will be deployed soon ” without further details. And you, have you encountered this bug while using Google Maps? Tell us in the comments. It is not yet clear whether or not this issue primarily affects English speaking users. As a reminder, another Google Maps bug deprived a user of pizza for three years.