Google has just come out with Version 3 of its text-to-speech Android app. It is a significant update with a better interface, natural sounding voices in English, and support for more languages. If you like to read your eBooks aloud, then this news should be pleasant to the ears. The new version of Google Text-to-Speech is rolling out on Google Play.
Text-to-Speech 3.0 includes high-quality voices that make it more natural and human like. The high quality pack is available for English (United Kingdom) and English (US). The quality comes at a price – space. Each English language pack is around 200 MB. As Android Police advises, you should make sure to be on a Wi-Fi connection before you download the packs. Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (United States) have also been included in the list of languages supported now by the text-to-speech engine.
The user interface also gets a touch of elegance. It is easier to touch-toggle between the multiple voices for a language. You can check the size of the language packs now before you download them.
More natural sounding voices could help to bridge the tonal gap with Apple’s Siri. There’s still a long way to go for artificial voice synthesis, but this is an update in the right direction. Try it out, and do tell us if the new Google Text To Speech works as intended with all your applications.
Source: Android Police