I have a Samsung Galaxy Core LTE G386W running Android 4.4.2. Using Google Drive I have a Google Doc open. How can I have the text read out loud to me, say while I am walking. Can you suggest an app? By the way, this is apparently built-in to Android, but I can't find instructions or make it work.

I would also like have "read aloud" a PDF file or a web page, but my priority is a Google Doc)

  • You've probably mis-interpreted my corresponding comment: Yes, there's a feature called "TalkBack screen reader" – but that's not reading-aloud what's printed there, but rather feedback on what you've touched. So no, it's AFAIK not built into Android. // Some talking PDF readers are in my app lists btw. But I'm not aware of such for Google Drive. – Izzy Apr 17 '15 at 14:55
  • BTW: Did you check out Google Text-to-Speech? App description sounds as if it would work for every app: Google Text-to-speech powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. Also worth checking: 8 Great Apps to Voice Read Text on iOS and Android: NaturalReader lets you listen to ebooks, webpages and PDFs imported for cloud servies like Dropbox, Google Drive or just your local storage, sounds like what you're after. – Izzy Apr 17 '15 at 15:05

I built Intelligent Speaker - browser extension. You can add your text on the desktop computer and listen to it through the phone later - we have personal podcast feeds.

Intelligent Speaker

This app is both on Android and ios. I have been using it for a couple years. You just need to make sure your PDFs or text is OCR (Ocular Character Recognition), that means no kindle locked books.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=voicedream.reader

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