Google Text-to-speech

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    Google Text-to-speech

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    Published: 2015-07-08, by .

    Make good use of Google's Voice Synthesizer and let it read to you

    • Useful
    • Works well
    • Difficult to find
    • Not available for most apps

    "The voice that talks to me..."


    Google's Voice Synthesizer is one of the features of Android devices which could end up being a great help for some users. Basically, what this feature does is read the text which appears on your screen aloud; providing that the app in question has the appropriate support from Google (for example, Google Books or TalkBack for people with disabilities).


    It's a really useful option, especially if you don't want to strain your eyes, or if you are in a foreign country (it also works with Google Translate). Just tap and forget about reading the screen.


    It's a bit of a hidden option, and most people don't even know it exists. The pronunciation isn't the best either, but it's good enough in general, and makes most content more accessible. It's a shame that it's still not available for most apps.

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    by Ana , Appszoom

    Jul 08, 2015


    Google text to speech powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. For example, it can be used by:
    • Google Play Books to 'Read Aloud' your favourite book
    • Google Translate to speak translations aloud so that you can hear the pronunciation of a word
    • TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device
    • … and many other applications in Play Store

    To use Google text to speech on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text to speech output. Select Google text to speech Engine as your preferred engine. Note: On many Android devices, Google text to speech is already turned on, but you can update to the latest version here.

    Supported languages: Bangla (Bangladesh), Bangla (India), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), English (India), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin (China), Mandarin (Taiwan), Nepali, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Sinhala, Slovak, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (United States), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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