Listen up! Pocket reads saved articles aloud on Android


One of my most used free apps, Pocket, added the ability to read articles aloud on Google Android devices(s goog) on Tuesday. Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket lets you read saved web pages while offline, and the newest version takes advantage of text-to-speech capabilities in Android. With the “Listen” feature, you can now hear the text of saved web pages anytime you have a few minutes in a quiet space.

I tested the new Listen functionality in Pocket and it works quite well. On my Galaxy Nexus phone with Android 4.1, there was no configuration involved, nor any speech engines needed to install. I simply updated Pocket, went to a recently saved article in the app and hit the Listen button in the app menu. You can pause the reading and control the speed through a Fast/Slow toggle bar.

One of the main reasons I use Pocket as my web clipping platforms is the widespread support across many devices: I can save articles from any browser and read them on practically any device, including those running iOS(s AAPL). Unfortunately, the Pocket team has no immediate plans to bring the Listen feature to iOS because “iOS doesn’t currently provide a text-to-speech API.”



Having the ability to pause the reading and control the speed is huge. These options reminds me of a new app, Talkler, that offers similar controls as it reads email aloud to the user.


Try it with IVONA text-to-speech voices. It works great even fantastic!


There’s a new smartphone app coming in October that reads email aloud and gives you the ability to send replies (all hands-free). Its’ called Talkler (just saw the website today).



iOS may not provide an API for it, but text-to-speech is built in to the dang phone – if you turn on text-to-speech under accesability, any text you select gives an option to be read aloud.

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