If you are the sort that can’t go long without twitter, but you don’t always want to take the time to read tweets a new app for your Android device has surfaced you might like. The app is from the iHear Network and has launched ahead of South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The app allows you to virtually teleport to any place on Earth and listen to tweets from the area.
The app has a map that you can use to locate your own city or wherever you want on the globe and then it will convert tweets to speech so you can listen to what people have to say. The company is positioning the app as a way to get more information before you go to a restaurant or to interact socially with other people watching the same event on TV or participating in the same live event.
The app uses Text-to-Speech technology that is integrated into all Android devices running 1.6 and up. The app is free to download on the Android Market right now and no account is required. “Before starting on this project, we had to decide which platform to target first,” says iHear Network CEO Geoffrey Simons. “After some research, we discovered that iOS currently lacks the tools needed to build TTS applications, so we picked Android to start. Anyway, isn’t the iPhone for hipsters?”