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App Review: Speaky for the Lazy Reader Dictates Texts and Articles

June 10, 2014 — by Sette Capati0

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I’m a self-confessed bookworm. Every weekend you’ll find me reading new books and e-books to finish my annual reading list. While I prefer reading on pages (and on the tablet) I tried this experiment to see how far I can go with articles and blog posts, too. But this time, instead of reading, it’ll be more of listening sessions. Let me walk you through this productivity app dubbed Speaky and see how it might fit with your daily reading activities.

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What’s the app?

Indie developer Sandratra Razafindralambo developed Speaky, a productivity app that solves your reading problems. The app dictates texts and articles available in five English languages. Users can copy and paste the articles from the websites manually, or let Speaky extract the texts automatically and then read everything for its user.

How does it work?

Once you launch the app, you’ll be greeted with a quick intro of what it can do, after which, you will be directed to the Reading List with the default folder dubbed as Inbox. Check the “Welcome to Speaky” article to listen to how it works.

photo 3Every time you open an item, Speaky prompts you to choose the type of English language; each one differs from accent and tone: South Africa, Australia, United States, Ireland, and United Kingdom. The South African English sounded good to me, by the way, so it’s what I’ve chosen for this review. After Speaky reads the introduction, you can now add your first link. Speaky allows you to:

  • Use copied URL from the Safari browser
  • Add manual text from any reading sources such as e-books, blog posts, etc.
  • Add from Pocket’s Queue
  • Add a new Reading List from a folder where you can arrange them per topics or interestsphoto 2

If you browse via Safari, then open the Speaky app and it’ll automatically ask you to allow it to import the new link you just visited. In a few seconds, it’ll be added to your Reading List. It’s easy as 1-2-3 and works while your device is locked, or when you switch to a different app with its Background Audio, Lockscreen Music Player support and Control Center features.

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Is it noteworthy?

Indeed, Speaky is a noteworthy app for busy people and lazy readers. Whether you’re off to work and you need to catch some early morning news, or a ‘storyteller’ before bedtime, you can play it anytime. What I like about this app is that it’s straightforward and easy to navigate. There are no irritating ads, and it’s accessible while on Lockscreen mode. Plus, there’s no character limit on texts ad articles.

It would be great to see the built-in features of this app in the iOS. Could it be possible in the next software upgrade? But for now, I’d keep it as my reading assistant.

Speaky is available for iPhone and iPad devices. You may want to try it for yourself. Download it via iTunes direct link for $2.99.

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