by: smsAloud • 5
Do you ever get in the car, drive off and then a text message arrives? You are then wondering who it is from and what it says.
Wouldn't it be clever if your phone knew when you were in the car and read the sender and the message out loud?
With SMS Aloud you can do that. If you connect your phone with bluetooth when you are in the car, the app detects that and then reads the sender and message out loud.
But don't worry if you don't use bluetooth and just want your phone to read out the messages. It will do that too.
Other features are:
- Easy to switch on and off completely.
- Switch to allow messages to be read out regardless of a bluetooth connection.
- Optional delay to allow you to turn down the car sterio before the message is read out by the phone.
- Allows you to set how loud you would like the message read out.
- Automatically reads out using the language your phone is set to.
Some phones don't have the TTS speech engine installed by the manufacturer and so you are prompted to install this during the installation of SMS Aloud. You can adjust the voice and sometime change to a different one in the main phone settings depending on your phone.
If you have connected your phone with "Media Audio" to your car on bluetooth, the phone will try to read the message out through your car audio system. But the phone cannot tell the car audio to switch over to the phone as input. So if the car is playing the radio and not your phone, it won't play anything when SMS Aloud plays your message. So the best approach is not to select a "Media Audio" connection in your Bluetooth settings or, if you do, you will have to switch your car radio over to the phone as input quickly before SMS Aloud speaks your message.
V2.2 Fixes a problem where the app was failing to detect bluetooth connection on some cars.
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by Martin Paradis
Feb 01, 2014 | "Poor"
Doesn't sound like proper English
by Wayne Inzerello
Dec 12, 2012 | "Awesome"
I just got this app. It does what it says it will do. Seems to be working fine. Clear voice and good volume over Bluetooth. The delay is a great feature, allows you to turn down the car radio before text is read. This developer is also very responsive to questions.