How To Get Started With Text-to-Speech

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 20 Jun 2016

Google’s text-to-speech tool is one of those under-the-hood capabilities that makes Android so powerful. It can enable apps to speak to you or read content aloud, which opens up lots of different possibilities.For example, it powers Play Books ability to read the accessibility features of Android Accessibility Suite.  As it builds in more features, and other developers tap into text-to-speech, you’ll definitely want to know what dials to turn.

In order to enable Google’s text to speech, go to settings > accessibility > text-to-speech output. Your manufacturer may have its own text-to-speech option, so you can switch over to Google’s here if you’d rather use that one.

Select text-to-speech engine from the options.
You can also select a different default language download any of the growing number of languages (approximately 65 at last count).You’ll also see a speech rate, which controls just how fast or slow your device will speak to you. When you slide the bar to the right, the speech rate will get noticeably faster. If your volume is turned up, you’ll get audio feedback; be able to get a better idea at just how fast or slow you want it.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you get updates. Touch the settings dial on the next screen to check that auto-updates are turned on. You can also force updates over Wi-Fi and send anonymous usage reports so you can improve the service.

Ensure that text-to-speech gets proper updates.

Finally, it’s time to try some apps. Play-Books will read some titles to you. Play Books latest selection will do the same with some articles. You can also try out the Talkback features on your phone or tablet to find out what it will say in regards to certain actions.

Accessibility suites are for those that need it, but these are steps in the right direction and even for the developing world it opens new doors.