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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.

Google-Text-To-Speech

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

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  1. Collin
    March 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I tried this out, but after downloading the US Pack (HQ) I cannot use it. The UK is "set as default" & I never wanted that. It won't let me switch either to the HQ US English voice. I have a Moto X on 4.2. If any one is successful in using the US pack, let me know how ramped up it is. ;)

  2. Simen
    March 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    If you're short on space (like me), the British male voice - its just 100mb. And, after listening to this article, I think I might start using this every now and then. (But not daily - the new voice still drives me crazy after a while)

    • Rudi Pittman
      March 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      If space isn't an issue which voice out of american/british male/female has best quality? I'd prefer to avoid downloading ~1GB for all 4 voices if possible.

    • Saikat B
      March 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks for the pointer!

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