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Pocket for Android gets text-to-speech, not coming to iOS

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Pocket for Android gets text-to-speech, not coming to iOS
Can we all agree on something: Reading is for suckers, right? We all appreciate that you come here and read the stuff that we write, but life would be better if everything could be read to you, right? Well, that's the idea behind Pocket's new update for Android which brings text-to-speech (TTS) options.

The new feature is called "Listen", and it's designed to have the Pocket app read to you. So, anything you save to Pocket can be read later, if you want, or now it can be read to you later. That's not a bad option, especially for longer articles. The feature is built on Google's TTS API, which allows apps to hook in and easily offer text to be read to users. In the update log, Pocket does point out that iOS doesn't offer this kind of API, so this feature will not be making its way to Apple's platform. 

The update also includes some bug fixes for various devices, and some minor features or tweaks, including better options for managing site subscriptions. 

If you want to try out the app, it's available for free in the Google Play Store

source: Pocket

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 16:37 5

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Great, I enjoy pocket app, this addition could make it truly awesome.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 17:35 1

6. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


But I like reading

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 17:29

14. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Confession Bear meme :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 18:08

7. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


But when is Pocket coming to WP?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 20:15

10. 123... (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


never

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 23:28 3

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


No idea, but in the meantime, MetroPaper is a good option for WP

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:57 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats neat. read my powerpoints for class to me and I'll be ecstatic.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 00:11

15. davidk (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


You can get this TTS functionality on the iPhone and iPad using an app called reedeo.

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