Google has a number of apps and tools which exist in your smartphone without you even noticing them. These features and services, such as Text to Speech are often important – but are used by only a small section of users. However, Google keeps updating them from time to time, though not as frequently as other major apps. Today, Google introduced an update to their Text to Speech app as it now supports Estonian, Romanian and Slovak languages.
Users based in Estonia, Romania and Slovakia can now make use of Text to Speech functionality and have their phone read out stuff to them. Google doesn’t really update the app often. The last major update came out in October 2017 when Greek and Filipino languages were added to the app.
Google has now updated the Text to Speech app and apart from including these three new languages of Estonian, Slovakian and Romanian, Google also states that the update brings various other improvements to our voices. This update to the Text to Speech app updates it to v3.14.9 – and should be available to update from the Google Play Store.
In their Google Play Store section, Google describes that the following things can be done using this app:
• 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
It is really cool to see Google focusing on these apps, which are not really considered ‘mainstream’ or major apps from the company. Updating these apps benefit a very small section of users but that does not demotivate Google and the company continues to release updates.
Do you make frequent use of Text to Speech on your smartphone? which languages do you want to be included in the app in the next update? comment below and let us know!