Google Text-to-Speech is an app which turns the text on screen into a spoken language. It works with many other apps on your phone, including Google Play Books.View full description
- Great for making text accessible
- Translation helps you learn phrases
- Some users complain about voice volume/quality
- Translate features can feel ‘basic’
Google Text-to-Speech is an app which turns the text on screen into a spoken language. It works with many other apps on your phone, including Google Play Books.
What can I use it for?
This is a great app for anyone who finds reading a challenge or has a condition which makes reading difficult. It can read aloud a bedtime story, a recipe when you're busy cooking or even texts in a different language. It works with Google translate to take text in one language and ‘speak’ it in another. It already supports over a dozen languages, and Google is adding more to the app all the time. However, check the list of languages in the app description before downloading if this is specifically your reason for downloading.
Do I need this app?
The features are great, but many Android phones already come with this installed as standard, it just needs turning on. Try checking your accessibility settings first: Settings > Language & Input > Text to speech output. However, if you are not using a phone made by Google (especially Huawei, Lenovo) or you are using an older model, you might find this a useful addition to your apps.