Whose voice do you want for your phone’s virtual assistant? (Poll)

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On last week’s edition of the Pocketnow Weekly (093: NEVER SETTLE), we shared with you a piece of listener mail asking us about our preferences when it comes to voice assistants – not the service itself, but the voices. Right now, there’s not a lot of variety out there for our choices for how our phone sounds when it speaks to us: maybe we can select between male and female, or choose from a few accents, but even that represents more options than many users have. But this piece of listener mail wasn’t about what we prefer among available options: what if we could have our phone speak to us in any voice we wanted? Who would we choose?

Sure, you can ask Siri what films are playing nearby, but wouldn’t it be awesome if you could ask Michael Caine, instead? Or if Jimmy Stewart could nervously ramble off the weather forecast?

Smartphone voice assistants and the language synthesis tech they use may still feel relatively new, but there’s a lot of room for flexibility here. Remember in the not-too-long-ago past when celebrity voices for GPS navigators were all the rage? It’s arguably only a matter of time before we start seeing the same sort of deal for the Siris, Google Nows, and Cortanas of the world.

So what we want to know is: if you had your say about what voice your phone would have, who you would choose? We’re running a poll to find out what you guys think, and have started it off with some options, but feel free to write-in your own. May the best voice win!

Update: Since your write-ins aren’t automatically being added to the list of candidates, we’ll pick some of the good ones as they appear and add them to the list. And since a better option might have popped up since you first voted, you’ll get a chance to vote again in 24 hours.


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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!