New Android Google Assistant Feature “Read It” That Reads To You
Date : Mar 10, 2020
Author : DR A Zayed
Modern-day smartphones are becoming more accessible to a broader range of people than ever before. One of the most common features you’ll find on a current mobile phone is the AI assistant. Android users get to enjoy all the benefits you could have from their virtual assistant, known as the Google Assistant! Recently though, Google has given a sneak peek of a new feature that’ll make modern phones even more accessible! The new feature “Read It” essentially allows android phones to read out entire webpages out aloud.
New Feature Called Read It!
The name of this new feature is Read it, and it can primarily read out webpages in 42 different languages. Everything present on the internet is now effectively an E-book. Launching a new service is incredibly easy. All you have to do is, say “Hey Google, read this page” once you’re on the respective web page.
The feature is slowly making its way towards all android phones on the market and provides users with a few other exciting advantages. One is that whenever you’re using the feature, it highlights words it reads aloud. This allows you to keep track of wherever you are on the webpage. Furthermore, you can even alter the speed at which the playback occurs. Users can tweak the speed according to their ideal preference. Regardless of whether you want to read through faster or slower, everything is possible. However, the extra features don’t end there.
Users can choose between 42 different languages if the webpage isn’t in the language they desire. The translation services are incredibly accurate and especially useful for language students. Additionally, being able to adjust the speed of the audio playback is particularly advantageous for language students. The possibilities for learning are endless and can potentially help you master multiple languages.
Additionally, the ability to translate and read around in more than 40 different languages does a lot more. It makes information all over the internet much more accessible. Effectively breaking down language barriers is key to ensuring a more connected world.
Many People Will Benefit From The Services
However, the real success is significantly improving the accessibility of modern smartphones to people with weaker vision than others. While there have been efforts made to improve the accessibility, nothing entirely on this scale has been accomplished before.
Sit back for a second and think about the amount of content you read on your smartphone. Even without any visual impairments, the extended screen time does leave a significant strain on your eyes. Due to the Read it feature, anyone can enjoy online content without having to read anything.
“Read It” Sound Becoming More Natural And Enjoyable
Moreover, Google also states that their software differentiates from other text-to-speech software because of natural-sounding delivery. Most other text-to-speech software, sound very robotic and empty. The empty nature of delivery can tire you out quickly and make it harder for you to keep paying attention. Google Assistants’ Read it’ feature is much more natural sounding.
The delivery is very natural sounding that allows users to enjoy a much more human reading experience. It showcases Google’s extensive work on the text-to-speech platform, which has been ongoing since 2012. You can ingest much more content because the software works very similarly to an audiobook. It reads through the page as an actual human would.
Google is starting to roll out the software for Android Phones. The software will be available for all phones that run Android Lollipop or higher. These are super exciting times, and everyone’s eager to see how the Read It feature involves. There are even plans for getting celebrity voice plug-ins!