Hear2Read Ⓡ Telugu Text-To-Speech (TTS) plug-in engine is a joint development by www.Hear2Read.org and Carnegie Mellon University.
It uses Android OS framework for 3rd party Text To Speech engines such that it can be used with any with TTS-enabled App to Read text by listening to machine generated synthetic speech.
Visually Challenged users can use it by turning on Talkback under Accessibility in Settings, just as one can read English using Google provided English TTS.
Some Apps, such as "@Voice Aloud Reader", detect the content language and then select the appropriate engine and do not require users to set the preferred engine and language to Hear2Read and Telugu respectively.
Other Apps, such as "Voice Dream Reader", allow the user to select and associate a TTS Engine and language for the particular content. This selection is used instead of the preferred engine and language set under settings.
Android Talkback and certain Apps (such as GoRead book reader) use the preferred TTS Engine and language selected under settings. For these Apps, users need to select Hear2Read Engine and then select Telugu.
Settings -> Language and Input -> Text-to-speech Output
Select Hear2Read Telugu as the Preferred engine
Touch the Gear symbol to display Language settings
Select Telugu in the Language Pop Up box.
Touch Language and then select Telugu in the Pop Up box
At this time, it can only reads Telugu content correctly. English words (not numbers) embedded in Telugu text are not spoken well. It does speak numbers written in Roman script (0.1, 2 ....9) in Telugu.
Requires devices with 1 GB (or more) RAM and Android 4.2 or higher.
Permissions - SD card READ/WRITE access is required to store downloaded voices.
Please do not try to install this App on device with Cyanogen or rooted devices with OS changes outside of the OS upgrades released by Google. We have received several crash reports from such devices. The App makes extensive use of Android TTS APIs and other Android OS features that may not function properly on rooted devices or devices with Cyanogen.
We welcome your feedback. Please send comments and questions to Feedback@Hear2Read.org.
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Note: Hear2Read is a registered trademark.