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Pocket for Android Receives Update, Includes “Listen” Feature

Pocket, formerly Read It Later, received an update on Android this morning that includes a new feature called “Listen.” This new feature allows for speech-to-text playback of your saved articles, in case you don’t feel like straining your eyes after a long day’s work. Thanks to the Android platform simplifying the process dramatically, the developers of Pocket were able to create this app during one of their “Friday hack days,” a short competition that their team does for fun.

While using “Listen,” you can choose from a variety of languages that are installed on your device, fast forward or rewind the article, and even speed up or slow down the pace.

Oh, we should also point out that this is an Android exclusive since iOS doesn’t have a text-to-speech API for developers to use. 

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  • bkDJ

    Apple didn’t advertise it, but with iOS 6, any selectable text can be
    read aloud. It figures out written language from context and when it’s
    not sure, it offers languages in a pop-up. Don’t believe me? It’s in
    settings under accessibility, called “Speak Selection” and is off by
    default. It even highlights words as they are being read and allows for
    pause/resume. You can choose how fast or slow text is read aloud in the
    options, as well as which dialects to use.

    • PuzzleShot

      The difference is that you have to interact with it, whereas on Android the app can prepare (as it can do it with whatever you save in the right way) and present it for you (with that play/pause/tracker you see up there).

  • LOVE pocket. this rules.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    NICE!… Can’t wait for the day those voices are a lot more human like. They have defnitely come a long way from the earlier versions of android

  • john

    “Currently Listening”
    That’s sad.

  • wickets

    this is great….thanks

  • usnmustanger

    Not trying to be too nit-picky here, but didn’t you mean “text-to-speech” in that first paragraph?

  • Paul

    Did anyone else think of Navi when they read the title? I think I’ve been traumatized.

    • Hey. Listen.

    • fixxmyhead

      not even the slightest. actually didnt even what u were talking about until i googled it and found out its that zelda thing

  • Mack

    “iOS doesn’t have a text-to-speech API for developers to use” I feel special now haha.

    • master94

      but when they do add it, it will be magical and everyone will think they did it first.

      • Diablo81588

        Of course.