Google Text-to-Speech engine arrives to Google Play

November 6, 2013
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There are times when it’s just easier to have text read back to you aloud as opposed to reading it for yourself, and that’s where text-to-speech engines like Google Text-to-Speech come in handy. Previously, the engine was part of the stock Android experience, but now Google has officially pushed the function to Google Play.

In recent times Google has been pushing out quite a few ‘core’ apps and services to Google Play, allowing Google to individually update these components, instead of having to push out a system update. It also gives folks a way to get access to certain Google apps and services that might not be installed on their device thanks to carrier/manufacturer modifications.

So what’s new here? Honestly, nothing noticeable other than the Korean language is now supported.

If you have a device that didn’t come with Google’s Text-to-Speech engine, it’s important to keep in mind that although some devices allow you to make the engine default by going to Language and Input in the Settings, other phones will only let the engine exist as an alternative ‘option’.

While Google’s text-to-speech engine is far from what we’d call exciting, it’s still good to see Google pushing more and more of its Android system apps over to Google Play.

To grab the engine, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

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