Customization is one of Android's (News - Alert) strongest suits, perhaps the most touted aspect of the mobile operating system. Indeed, Android's open nature allows for a great deal of customization but Acapela Group (News - Alert) recently introduced a new element of Android to customize aside from wallpapers, ringtones and widgets: voice.
The Acapela TTS Voices app, available now on Google (News - Alert) Play, allows users to listen to any of 50 available voices in 26 languages. Users can then purchase as many voices as they like for 3.99 euros — about US$5.00 — per voice, turning any Android device into a smart talking companion. Specifically, the Acapela TTS Voices app adds a responsive text to speech assistant to any Google Play app.
Best of all, users can choose what they want their synthesized voice companion to sound like, including accents like UK English, Australian English and Indian English. Feedback from voice testers confirmed that users are looking for pleasant, clear and responsive natural voices and so that's what Acapela TTS Voices supplies.
Languages currently available include: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch (NL, Belgium), English, Finnish, French (France, Canada), German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil), Spanish (Spain, North America), Russian, Swedish and Turkish.
Each is capable of vocalizing the content of an Android device, turning written input into speech in real time.
For example, any selected Acapela TTS voice can read aloud from an e-book or newspaper, navigate with Google Navigation or other GPS apps, provide real-time translation, and even learn languages with audio feedback.
In June of 2011, Acapela Group released its first HTML5 talking demo on Google Chrome.
More recently, the company, in conjunction with AssistiveWare, unveiled a major update to the Proloquo2Go iOS app, which features natural-sounding American children's voices, allowing children with speech impairment to respond with more natural-sounding voices. Prior to the 2.1 release of Proloquo2Go, the only options available were adult synthesized voices.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman