Sometimes, those who live in huge English speaking countries and societies tend to forget that the rest of the world do not always speak the same language. This is still true when it comes to devices and apps, that is why, even if it might not be relevant to you, we tell you about new languages added in updates, because somewhere in the world, some people are relieved that their language has been included. Google’s Text-to-Speech app has now added four more languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, and Turkish.
In case you’re just new to Android or you’ve never used the Text-to-Speech feature of your device, this enables several apps that you’ve installed to read aloud to you the text indicated on your screen. For example, the books on your Google Play Books can be read aloud to you. When you’re using Google Translate, maybe you’d like the foreign language to be read aloud to you (if said language is supported by the feature) so you’ll know how it is pronounced exactly.
The latest update to Google’s Text-to-Speech are Cantonese and Mandarin (two of the most widely spoken languages in the world), Thai, and Turkish. This brings to 20 the number of languages that can be read aloud by the apps, which includes Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, among others.
The latest update also has the usual bug fixes and improvements. If you want other languages added to Text-to-Speech, you can always let Google know, and maybe they will listen. For now, you can check the Google Play Store page to update.