Long accustomed to having their distinctive slang misunderstood, Australians can now substitute 'footy' for football, 'arvo' for afternoon and find directions to Mullumbimby or Goondiwindi, a spokesman said today.
The extended vocabulary came after Google, which is now part of holding company Alphabet Inc, added an Australian accented voice to its Google Maps and search applications last week.
 "People are starting to talk to their phones much more regularly now. Mobile voice searchers have doubled in the last year," Google Australia spokesman Shane Treeves said.
"Particularly all those tricky Aussie place names, they just sound much better in an Aussie voice that can get them right."

Google and its chief competitor, Apple Inc, have saturated the United States and Western Europe with their devices, leaving foreign language markets as some of the prime places to grow.
In December, Apple released a version of its virtual personal assistant, Siri, for Arabic speakers in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Google's Android phones' search function already offered some support in Arabic.