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Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 00:20
by chortya
I would really love to see TTS (text-to-speech) support for the feeds headlines and text. Perfect would be a podcast-like behavior for hands-free usage.
gReader has some basic TTS support, but it's only availiable for the article itself and you have to start each article manually...
I am actually waiting for the Myo (https://www.thalmic.com/de/myo/) and plan to use it as a phone interface as much as possible, it would be perfect to be able not only to control music with it but also TTS news reading.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 01:04
by fox
I'm not sure about this. Can you describe in detail how in your opinion should this work?

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 06 Dec 2013, 00:45
by chortya
Play button (doubled by the headset button) which starts TTS of whatever is on the screen:
Headlines - read all headlines one by one and use some kind of separation tag (some short sound). For full article of the previous headline just press play twice. Skip forward and back could be implemented too.
Article view - start reading the article by pressing play, after it finishes continue with the next headline and then full article. Controls could be the same as above.
Categories - not sure how to treat them, but probably same as headlines but one hierarchy level higher. Meaning - pressing play twice goes into the previously read category and starts reading headlines.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 13:32
by fox
Welp, this is a lot of stuff. I might take a look during new year holidays but I'm not making any promises.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 15:31
by chortya
Sure, there are no rss readers with comparable features. Be the pioneer of the new wearable computing age :-)
Think voice/tts and then google glass support.
Just let me know how can I support.
Спасибо!

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 15:38
by fox
>Think voice/tts and then google glass support.

Sorry, windows phone is higher on the list of useless doa platforms nobody gives a shit about.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 16:55
by pcause
Gee Fox, how unfair. After all, look at the way Google fully stood behind Google Reader. They'll never abandon a widely used product and their users! Google glass isn't DOA, they need to build a big, committed user base before they kill the product and that will takes years.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 17:12
by chortya
it's not about the Google Glass itself, similar devices (and hopefully better) will emerge very soon and this will be the standard way of information consumption in couple of years, same as smartphones with huge screens now. But right now existing software is just not suitable for "hands-free" consumption, everything needs way too much interaction and attention.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 19:10
by fox
chortya wrote:it's not about the Google Glass itself, similar devices (and hopefully better) will emerge very soon and this will be the standard way of information consumption in couple of years, same as smartphones with huge screens now.


Is this going to occur before or after buttcoin dethrones fiat currencies? I need this for my shit that won't ever happen timeline.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 20:11
by sleeper_service
chortya wrote:it's not about the Google Glass itself, similar devices (and hopefully better) will emerge very soon and this will be the standard way of information consumption in couple of years, same as smartphones with huge screens now. But right now existing software is just not suitable for "hands-free" consumption, everything needs way too much interaction and attention.


if I can't have it beamed straight into my head, I don't want it....

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 21:00
by randompherret
chortya wrote:... not suitable for "hands-free" consumption, everything needs way too much interaction and attention.


I don't think any of the sort of feeds I subscribe to will ever be better with this. If there are feeds that take too much to interact (scrolling past sooooo much work) with or I don't want to pay attention to I should unsubscribe from them.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 21:03
by fox
The idea here is listening to shit while your hands are busy e.g. while driving (which may or may not be wise).

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 21:13
by martywd
sleeper_service wrote:if I can't have it beamed straight into my head, I don't want it....


OT: Not to worry, they're working on that. The NSA, that is...
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Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 01:32
by atrus
Perhaps a more fruitful route would be to focus on a plugin, or even an independent product, that takes a given RSS feed and produces a podcast from it. Then the TTRSS/Android work is basically "make podcasts work nicely", which would benefit your use case *and* regular podcast users.

Re: Android Client: Text-to-Speech support

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 16:48
by chortya
Quite interesting comments here :)
It will happen, I don't see any other alternative. Or are you waiting for 8k resolution 6,5" smartphone?
And fox is right about hands-free use. Audible is nice for but I need news without commentaries in the podcasts I don't really care about. Ivona "robot" voices that read my feeds are just fine :)

Actually the option mentioned by atrus is also realistic, but I think Android client side already offers enough APIs/tools to produce quick solution.