Text By Voice For Android Reads Incoming SMS Messages Aloud, Sends Them Using Your Voice

Android: There are a lot of apps out there that can send text messages using your voice, including Google’s own in-built Voice Actions. However, not many read your incoming messages out loud when they arrive. That’s where Sonalight’s new app, Text By Voice, comes in.

Once the app is running, Text by Voice is completely hands-free. It’s similar to Vlingo in that it listens for a specific trigger phrase, and when you speak it the app jumps into action, acknowledges that you spoke to it, and waits for a command. Tell the app who you want to send a message to and what that message should say, and the app will send it. When you get a response, the app will alert you to the incoming message and speak it aloud as well, giving you the opportunity to reply right away or wait.

Text by Voice stands out because it makes the entire process of sending and receiving texts completely hands-free, which is perfect if you’re driving and want to tell someone where you are or how long it’ll be until you arrive without touching the phone. Even Google’s own Voice Actions require that you tap the screen or long-press the search button to send a message, and it won’t read your incoming messages to you. Some Bluetooth headsets include an app that will read incoming messages aloud, but you still have to tap the headset to respond.

Text by Voice is a solid addition to Google’s own Voice Actions, but you have to have it running for the app to help you, so remember to start it every time you get in the car. For more voice-activated and hands-free Android utilities, check out our list of Siri-like apps for Android. Do you have a preferred app that will send and receive text messages aloud? Let us know in the comments below.

Sonalight Text by Voice

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