Today Google expanded on some more details for the upcoming Text-To-Speech API found in Donut, a.k.a. v1.6. The Android Developers Blog explains the languages and resources for the TTS API, indicating there are five languages currently supported; English, French, Germany, Italian and Spanish. There are even two versions of English, US and UK. It seems that it’s possible a particular device may not have all the languages, or in theory none of them, installed. This could be a nice way of reducing the ROM size. So, the API can check for a specific language to see if it’s even available before your code starts to try and use it. You can also set the locale, which makes sense.
What is of particular interest here would be TTS in navigation apps. No longer do they require the library themselves, instead they can just utilize the built in library and engine. Hopefully, this will entice more Nav apps in the Android market.
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