Hear2Read Indic Text To Speech

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About this app

This 3rd Generation Hear2Read Ⓡ Text-To-Speech (TTS) service engine improves upon the previous release by eliminating the need to install separate Apps for Indic voices. Users can now install one or more Indic Voices using "Add Voice" button within the App.

This is not an online text to speech app. No internet connection is required to convert text to speech/audio after the voice for the particular language has been installed. Currently it supports:

* Assamese voice to convert Assamese text to speech (TTS)
* Gujarati voice to convert Gujarati text to speech (TTS)
* Hindi voice to convert Hindi text to speech (TTS)
* Kannada voice to convert Kannada text to speech (TTS)
* Malayalam voice to convert Malayalam text to speech (TTS)
* Odia voice to convert Odia text to speech (TTS)
* Punjabi voice to convert Punjabi text to speech (TTS)
* Sanskrit voice to convert Sanskrit text to speech (TTS)
* Telugu voice to convert Telugu text to speech (TTS)

After installing the App and the voice(s), set Hear2Read as “Preferred engine” under Text-to-speech output setting.

The App is useful for users with Visual Impairment (VI) for use with Talkback ON (option under Accessibility in Settings), as well as users without Visual Impairments who wish to read by listening.

Talkback uses the Language selected for the preferred engine under “Text-to-speech output” setting. Please change it to the language you wish to read using TTS software.

Hear2Read App includes a demo screen for each supported language. The demo text is longer than the example sentence played under settings. In addition, it allows users to paste any text (up to 1000 bytes) of their own choosing to read by listening. However, the demo screen is not meant to be a full-fledged screen reading App.

Hear2Read TTS Engine runs as a background service (just as Google TTS engine does) to convert text to speech. Any App (such as Talkback or @Voice Aloud) can use it to convert Indic text to speech thereby "Reading by Listening”. It does not save the text sent to it or the audio output. All audio output is sent to the App that sent the text for conversion.

Hear2Read uses Festvox, Festival and Flite Open Source software developed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and collaborators including Hear2Read team and University of Edinburg (UK).

Google Android TTS currently does not support Assamese, Odia and Sanskrit. We are working on developing support for other Indic languages that are not supported by Google.

Requires devices with at least 1 GB RAM, Quad core CPU and Android 7.1.1 or higher.

Please send comments and questions to Feedback@Hear2Read.org.

Note: Hear2Read is a registered trademark.
Updated on
Aug 14, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

266 reviews
Rahul Jidge
June 10, 2021
- I personally liked the support to Indian languages. It is one of the core advantages of this engine. And, it will beneficial to people in remote regions of India. - Can't wait to see more Indian languages and more voices for younger, adults, child male, female. - Has one difficulty as it requires to install individual voices application. over the period definitely, it will get improved.
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Tejinder Chahal
December 30, 2020
This app is very good. I would have given it the rating of 5 stars but but but Punjabi language and Sanskrit languages which I am using are stopping again and again. And as a solution which I have found to this problem I am uninstalling and reinstalling the app again. The same process I have to go through. It is my request to the developer to fix this problem please. Also I
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December 30, 2020
Thanks for the feedback. We have had few other reports of the Engine App stopping at random times. We have been unable to reproduce the problem. Please send an e-mail to Feedback@Hear2Read.Org with as much detail as possible, especially the content (Punjabi or Sanskrit) that you are reading when the App stops.
Neha Sharma
January 23, 2021
Superb app and a great help for the visually impaired. A ray of hope for many who can't read with their eyes and has the potential to set out a revolution for such people. Hope it reaches the maximum no. of the individuals who need to be aware and use it. All the best to the creators of the app. 👍🏼
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January 28, 2021
Thanks. Hear2Read volunteers appreciate recognition of their hard work. The App is useful for Visually Challenged (Impaired) as well as speech impaired population to read, write and speak. It is also useful for children to read and learn proper pronunciation. Please share your experience with your friend and family who can benefit from it.

What's new

Added error message for more cases to advise users the reason for voice download failure.