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Google's Text-to-Speech Engine Praises Apple's iPad

A bug in Google's text-to-speech engine is causing Google Now and Google Translate to interject the phrase "he now praises the iPad" into sentences that end using phrases such as "end with," "enraged with," and "filled with."

The mysterious phrasing, which first came about in October 2012 on the Android support page, was publicized by Hacker News last night, resulting in some hilarious sentences.

One altered spoken sentence, for example reads, "Larry Page used to use an Android. But that is now at an end, he now praises the iPad."


This bug can be easily reproduced using Google Translate. Type any sentence, end it with one of the key words, and the text-to-speech option on the site will add "he now praises the iPad" to the sentence.

There's no word on why this phrasing exists in the code, but Hacker News speculates that it is an error in the algorithm. The original sentence came from a MacNN article posted in 2011, quoting Hearst Magazine president David Carey: "Describing the negotiations last spring as being filled with 'so much drama,' he now praises the iPad."


Theoretically, Google's algorithm improperly incorporated this sentence, causing the bug. Thus far, Google has not resolved the problem, so for the time being, Google Now and Google Translate can still be used to create humorous sentences.

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Posted: 22 months ago
Siri has become self aware and she's out taking revenge ;)
Rating: 20 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
I don't want this to be resolved cause it is hilarious! :D:cool:
Rating: 17 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago


Google senior executive Eric Schmidt went to North Korea to meet with the leaders of the rogue communist nation, but his trip ended in disaster; detained in a prison near Pyongyang, he now praises the iPad.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
That's not a bug, thats a feature to remind Android users that the iPad rules :D LOL
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
Not a bug, an Easter egg. It is programmer tradition.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
A mole is working at Google.
Pretty darn funny.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

They removed text to speech already.


Still working for me.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
So weird. I just tried it and it added "so much drama, he now praises the ipad".

If text to speech is not working, it may be because of Click2Flash or some other flash blocker.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
No way it's a bug. It's an intentional dig against Apple

EDIT: I think it was supposed to be an intentional dig against Apple in some key phrases (e.g. Larry Page fell and hit his head so hard, he now praises the iPad), but it got out of hand :D
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
Haha, how entertaining.
Rating: 3 Votes

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