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Oops sorry I think you have to change the language there's not a separate region setting yet. In the app tap on menu it’s at the top left of the screen. Pick your speaker under the devices section. Then pick assistant language. Try changing that to US English and see if that helps.

Kingdom of Loathing name JB77

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Thanks so much! I did it and it worked...

This... -- Is CNN'.
Well Ted, it sure looks like there's been uh, quite a bit of violence around here
"aaoh, that violence was terrible'!"
Yeah it was, pretty bad.

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Awesome! Glad I could help!

Kingdom of Loathing name JB77

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If you haven't checked recently, you should check out your Google Assistant preferences. There are now eight voices to choose from for your assistant to use, I had been using the male voice, but now I'm using voice 8, it's still a male voice, but I like it better than the original voice 2.

There are no doubt other enhancements, but I don't remember enough from my initial set up to recall what they've added, other than the new voices.

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I think the new voices are just for US English? Although I could be wrong. I did switch to UK English and there weren't any new ones there.

Kingdom of Loathing name JB77

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Very possible, since I use US English. But with the addition of these six new voices, there's hope that more voices for other languages will be offered some time down the road.

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True!

Kingdom of Loathing name JB77

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I learned, or was reminded, of some things today.

The first is that some people are either bald faced liars or they like to talk about things they know nothing about as if they were experts.

While researching what the purpose of the USB C connector on the back of the Google Home Max and Mini is, I found in one Google Home support forum a post by someone that said that you could plug a Chromecast USB to Ethernet adapter into that USB C port to connect your Google Home to your network by wire instead of by WiFi. This would be great except for one minor point. The Chromecast to Ethernet adapter plugs into a micro USB port, not a USB C port like what is on the back of the Google Home Max and Mini.

Then I found in another post to the Google home support forums, a recording of a chat session with Google support regarding that USB C port, and from that learned that that port is not intended to be used by customers. I suspect that that port is how the factory loads the latest version of the devices firmware onto the device without having to set up a WiFi connection. It may also be used for troubleshooting a device too. Oh well, I'll just ignore it then.

I also found out that there is a difference, either in hardware or in iOS behavior, between the iPhone and the iPad. The Google Home app, used to manage your Google Home devices, cannot connect to your Google Home devices via Bluetooth when running on an iPad but do connect with no problem when running on an iPhone.

So far, considering the experiences I've had with my iPad when compared to my iPhone, I begin to understand why there are reports of iPad sales dropping, not to mention that all of Apple's sales figures haven't been encouraging of late. Seems like Apple's vaunted shininess is beginning to wear a little thin.

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