Pocket for Android adds text-to-speech

September 18, 2012
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Sometimes, we all get super lazy and just want somebody to read things to us. Other times, our eyes are so burned out that we can't stand to look at another sentence or we're just too busy to focus on reading something that we have to listen to it while we're working. Either way, the popular bookmarking and read-it-later app Pocket (formerly Read It Later) updated its Android app today with a new "Listen" feature that reads aloud articles to you.

The new text-to-speech feature uses Android's built-in text-to-speech engine to power itself. It's also really easy to use. All you have to do is open up an article and press “Listen”. From there, the app will start reading the article aloud to you. You can even decide how fast it reads to you and pick the style of speaking voice it uses. It also supports multiple languages.

Pocket also received some other updates as well, including improved full-screen animations, added support for some features across all versions of Android, and some small user interface tweaks. They also fixed a few bugs like random crashing and blank loading of some screens in Jelly Bean.

To start getting your article-listening fix, Pocket 4.2 is available now in the Google Play store. If you prefer to get your apps through Amazon's Appstore, you'll have to wait just a little while -- the app is coming soon to Amazon's ecosystem.


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  • Cool_Android_TTS

    Try it with IVONA text-to-speech voices. It works great even
    fantastic!