Smartphones and tablets have improved significantly in terms of accessibility and one of the applications that has contributed the most towards this aspect is definitely Google Text-to-Speech. It's an application that offers us the chance to have the contents of any other app read out loud. In other words, any application that contents of which can be read out loud can also be offered on audio and with a natural reading voice.
There are many applications that offer us extensive contents to be read, which can even turn out to be uncomfortable if we spend too much time reading them on our phone, and there are also others that require too much attention to be able to make use of them simultaneously with other tasks, especially when we're walking down the street. Just think about eBooks, translators or GPS navigators, for instance.
Googe's voice synthesis: what's it for?
You should know that you don't have to download the APK to your smartphone as it's an application that's already pre-installed on your Android device. However, you might need to get hold of it if you've uninstalled the app or you want to update its features to the latest version.
Once configured correctly, you can use it in circumstances such as the following:
- To read books from Google Play Books that have the option to Read Out Loud.
- With Google Translate to listen to translations and how words are pronounced.
- With TalkBack and other accessibility applications that can offer us voice messages on our device.
Allow you phone to read the longest texts out loud.
How to use Google's text-to-speech app and what languages are compatible?
How it works is very simple. You only need to go to Settings > Language and input > Text-to-Speech output. And now just select the application as your default reading engine. On many devices, this option is already enabled.
With regard to the languages supported, it can be used in German, Czech, Danish, Korean, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, amongst many others.
What's new in the latest version
- New voices and languages.