SpeechLab 2.0 Android
one of the most annoying things about using android on mobile devices is that you cannot download books in your native language. but this is no longer a problem, since you can easily read ebooks in a language you understand and listen to them on your computer or laptop.
after you have listened to the book, you can save it in your “books” folder. to resume listening at a later point you can simply scroll through all your audio books by clicking on the button at the top of the page.
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power your device with the magic of googles text-to-speech and speech-to-text technology. google speech-to-text functionality
speech services provides speech-to-text functionality to google and other third party apps to convert what you say to text. for example, it can be used by:
google maps when you use your voice to search places
recorder app to transcribe your recordings on device
phone app call screen feature to get a real-time transcription of your caller
accessibility apps like voice access for operating your device through voice
dictation or keyboard apps you might use to dictate text messages through voice
apps that contain a search by voice feature so that you can quickly search for your favorite shows or songs
language learning apps that recognize what you say as you practice a new language
and many other applications in play store
to use google speech-to-text functionality on your android device, go to settings > apps & notifications > default apps > assist app. select speech services by google as your preferred voice input engine.
google text-to-speech functionality
speech services powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. for example, it can be used by:
google play books to read aloud your favorite book
google translate to speak translations aloud so 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 functionality on your android device, go to settings > languages & input > text-to-speech output. select speech services by google as your preferred engine.
note, on many android devices, speech services by google is already available, but you can update to the latest version here.
the update brings unlimited space for apps, more robust text settings, an independent color panel, better icon pack management, the ability to add a pattern or icon to a folder, a dark theme and a better homescreen navigation experience.
using the my trusted devices, you can add a device or contact to the list and use it as a gateway to other apps on your phone. you can also specify trusted location service – wifi, bluetooth, gsm, 4g and gps. not all phones supports all trusted devices, so check out the compatibility list.
during a media event in new york, a colleague of mine installed an app called “listen to books” (or “the book and more” as it is also known). it is so simple to use that i took a quick photo of some of the pages from an ebook before going on stage. i then selected “listen to books” and was reading away a few minutes later.
i became so engrossed by the story that i just couldn’t put the book down. i was amazed by the quality and readability of the audio. using the provided bookmarking tool, i found it easy to come back to anytime that i wanted to go back and re-read a particular passage or page. the free version of speechify offers millions of words, including a wide range of topics, such as philosophy, religion, technology, science, politics, history, crime, education, and so on. also, you can read any kindle book, of course.
but even better, you can read even the most boring topics on the planet out loud. for instance, if you have a rich history buff in your family, you can enjoy this app on your laptop and listen to books that were written about the history of your family’s heritage.