How accurate is Google Home's voice recognition, especially where the speaker has a thick accent?


I'm thinking of purchasing Google Home.

In the past I have always had issues due to a 'broad Yorkshire accent' with voice recognition systems. I'm concerned that if I purchase Google Home, my accent will prevent the device from accurately recognising my voice.

How well does Google Home's voice recognition work with thicker accents (especially those that deviate strongly from standard English)? Are there statistics comparing Google Home's performance to other voice recognition systems?


Posted 2016-12-13T13:16:04.503

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Hard to answer as it is hard to define exactly the "broad Yorkshire accent" and possibly affects only a small group.Bence Kaulics 2016-12-13T13:27:17.000

Welcome to IoT! I've edited your question to try and make it more objective and keep it open; if you feel I've changed your question too much or I'm putting words in your mouth feel free to edit it back.Aurora0001 2016-12-13T15:51:12.810

1I am not a native speaker, and it understood me fine. It even understood my 4yo daughter.Slav 2016-12-14T14:06:08.907



If you have an Android phone, try to use the speaking option of the keyboard or try "Ok Google" and ask something.

I suppose Google uses the same speech recognition engine on all its platforms...


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Google home can be trained by saying several times the key word Hello, Google.

I am not sure how this takes effect in different pronunciations, but for now this is the only way to teach GH anything.

Train it again:

unfortunately you have to unlink your ID that's having trouble and then add it back in (scarier than it sounds).

It's over by the devices at the top of the screen. Just unlink it from the device it's having a problem with.

Then I had to exit the app and go back in and a popup came back asking to add it and retrain.



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