One thing that Google has been aggressively pursuing recently is the ability to multitask better on Android operating system. The OS certainly wasn’t necessarily designed with multitasking in mind, as early smartphones could really only do one thing at a time anyway. However, concepts growing out of this rocky foundation have been passed down through the software’s development, and now we find ourselves having to awkwardly hop between apps to get things done. Just as Google did with their popular Translate app, the search giant has now brought in-app functionality to their Text-to-speech engine.
This new capability comes part and parcel with the latest version of Google TTS 3.9.6, which rode along on the Android N Developer Preview 3. From within any app that contains highlightable text, you can now instantly conjure the voice of your preference to read the content aloud. Google Text-to-speech has also been added to the expandable, floating text selection toolbar that arrived on Marshmallow. We also got Swedish and Vietnamese added to the supported languages list.
Text-to-speech is an excellent tool for multitaskers anyway. The kind of person who doesn’t want to stop working on a design project to read an email is exactly the kind of person who would probably get impatient hopping tediously between apps. Now they can continue their work after just two taps and have the intrusion read aloud to them.
What are your thoughts regarding this new capability for Google’s Text-to-speech engine? If you’re playing around with the Android N dev preview, give it a whirl, then let us know what your experience was like in the comments below!