Google Cloud Text-to-Speech

Posted on May 22, 2019

I used the iOS pull-two-fingers-down-from-the-top function to read an article from The Atlantic aloud in the car yesterday. It is stunningly good now, especially on iOS 12. But Google’s Cloud TTS is uncanny and on a whole ‘nother level. There are stretches of audio that would fool you into thinking that a real, but boring, person was reading. You can paste in some sample text to the URL above and hear what it can do. Why can’t iOS apps take advantage of this? Maybe they do and I just don’t know of any. All the iOS readers I’ve found rely on the Apple voices. This is one of those things that makes me jealous of Android.