This 3-In-1 AirPower Alternative Can Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods Or Android Device At Same Time

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3rd-Gen Google Chromecast With Bluetooth To Also Feature 5GHz WiFi

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6 Smart Photo Management Apps for Android for Easy Sorting

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Every day, your phone accumulates pictures from all over. Memes from friends on messaging apps, personal memories you clicked, screenshots to stir up conversations on social media, and similar are probably taking up tons of space on your device. Managing hundreds of these files can be a cumbersome task. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be with the right tools. Here are six smart Android apps for all your photo management needs. 1. A+ Gallery We begin with A+ Gallery, a free app that lets you browse pictures from several sources on a common platform. It’s compatible with three cloud services:…

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Every day, your phone accumulates pictures from all over. Memes from friends on messaging apps, personal memories you clicked, screenshots to stir up conversations on social media, and similar are probably taking up tons of space on your device.

Managing hundreds of these files can be a cumbersome task. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be with the right tools. Here are six smart Android apps for all your photo management needs.

1. A+ Gallery

We begin with A+ Gallery, a free app that lets you browse pictures from several sources on a common platform. It’s compatible with three cloud services: Dropbox, Facebook, and Amazon Cloud Drive. Once you connect your accounts, A+ Gallery keeps your local gallery app synced with media you upload elsewhere.

In addition, A+ Gallery has a handful of other handy features for which you’d usually have to turn to other third-party solutions.

This includes the ability to secure your pictures or videos with a passcode and a feature called Places, which shows all your memories on a map based where you’ve taken them. A+ Gallery even shows how much you’ve traveled by evaluating the distance between these albums. You can, of course, search the images A+ Gallery holds through a multitude of filters such as color, data, and location.

Download: A+ Gallery (Free, premium version available)

2. Curator

If the idea of feeding Google gigabytes of pictures and videos doesn’t sound wise to you, meet Curator.

In addition to being a standard and minimalistic gallery app, Curator can tag your pictures based on what their content just like Google Photos. The difference, however, is that Curator does everything offline. The app only asks for one permission: accessing your local storage.

The app can recognize just about any scene or object such as pets, skylines, selfies, and more. Similar to Google Photos, you can then search through your media simply by typing what you’re looking for.

Curator will also soon receive the ability to detect people, bringing it closer to being a Google Photos alternative, (aside from the backup features). And best of all, Curator is free.

Download: Curator (Free)

3. Zyl

Zyl is another app which employs a set of smart algorithms for sorting your photos. Unlike Curator, though, Zyl is designed to create albums for moments it thinks belong in a single collection. Plus, you can share these albums with other users.

So for instance, if you just came back from a trip, Zyl will put all the pictures and videos you took in a folder that you can then easily send to your fellow travel mates. Zyl has a few other tricks up its sleeve too. Its AI engine can unearth duplicate images and help you get rid of them with the tap of a button.

Download: Zyl (Free)

4. Gallery

Simply called Gallery, this app is for making your photo collection more joyful and practical. It does this by revamping how thumbnails are produced, choosing which of them are highlighted, and organizing all media in various relevant albums. Thus, Gallery comes with a feature called Smart Mode. It’s disabled by default and without it, Gallery looks like any other standard photo manager.

When enabled, Smart Mode goes through all your media and refiles them with thumbnails centered around the most important part of a picture (like faces). In addition, when you’re in the Smart Mode, not every photo is visible. Smart Mode hides ones it believes are of poor quality. Lastly, it can segregate all related photos and clips in separate albums.

If your gallery app is too cluttered to find the best shots and you don’t want spend hours deleting the bad ones, try Gallery.

Download: Gallery (Free, premium version available)

5. Google Files Go

Google’s Files Go is your one-stop shop for trashing all the junk sitting idle on your phone, eating up memory. The app, which is primarily meant to help you free up storage, comes with a flurry of smart features.

One of these is suggesting you delete a set of pictures or videos that’s either clutter from messaging apps or duplicates. Apart from that, you can also share large chunks of data with others without an internet connection.

Download: Files Go (Free)

6. Slidebox

Slidebox takes a Tinder-like approach to removing unwanted pictures. It uses a gesture-based interface so you can quickly preview images and delete the ones you don’t want.

It’s simple: the app shows one photo at a time which you can swipe up to move to the trash folder, swipe left to view the next, or swipe down to move it to an album. Once you’re done, head over to the trash and empty it. You can also go through this process for specific folders like WhatsApp Media or Downloads. Follow our guide to recovering deleted photos on Android in case case you accidentally deleted some.

Download: Slidebox (Free)

Bonus: Google Photos

We’ve talked about Google Photos numerous times, and it still remains the most complete platform for nearly all your photo management needs. And the best part is that it does the majority of tasks on its own. You just have to sign up and browse.

Google Photos’ biggest highlight is that it lets you upload unlimited pictures and videos with a minimal drop in quality. You can then search by what or who is in them, sort them in albums, and create a jaunty movie out of them. Apart from that, Google Photos has tons of useful features that you probably don’t know about.

We didn’t include it on this list since it’s installed by default on most Android phones now, but it’s certainly worth having around.

Download: Google Photos (Free)

Adopting Smarter Android Apps

Any of these apps will make a fine replacement for the gallery app that came with your phone. Check out our list of stock Android apps you should replace for more great alternatives.

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How to Safely Install Fortnite on Android: A Quick Sideloading Guide

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The world’s most popular 100-player PVP battle royale is coming to Android at long last. That’s right: you can finally play Fortnite on your Android device. Time to rejoice, grab your mats, and get ready to ride the storm. That is until you realize that Fortnite isn’t available on the official Google Play Store. Fortnite developer, Epic Games, wants you to use a specialized launcher, but that means turning off third-party download restrictions and sideloading the app—and this can come with risks. Here’s how to safely install Fortnite on Android, and what precautions you should take. Why Isn’t Fortnite on…

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The world’s most popular 100-player PVP battle royale is coming to Android at long last. That’s right: you can finally play Fortnite on your Android device. Time to rejoice, grab your mats, and get ready to ride the storm.

That is until you realize that Fortnite isn’t available on the official Google Play Store. Fortnite developer, Epic Games, wants you to use a specialized launcher, but that means turning off third-party download restrictions and sideloading the app—and this can come with risks.

Here’s how to safely install Fortnite on Android, and what precautions you should take.

Why Isn’t Fortnite on the Google Play Store?

Epic Games recently confirmed that their insanely popular Fortnite battle royale would finally make its way onto Android devices.

However, at the same time, Epic Games also confirmed rumors that Fortnite would use an individual launcher downloaded straight from the developer, rather than the long-established and potentially more secure Google Play Store.

The decision appears to boil down to two main reasons:

  1. Epic Games doesn’t want Google to take their customary 30 percent cut for using the Google Play Store.
  2. Epic Games founder, Tim Sweeney, believes “competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit.” Sweeney also said that the same choice would have been made if the option was available to iOS devices.

The first point is massive, especially when you consider the phenomenal revenue Fortnite already rakes in on Windows and macOS. Want an idea of how much? Fortnite players spent $318 million in May 2018 alone and allegedly over $1 billion in total on in-app purchases.

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It stands to reason, as battle royale games are currently the most popular by far, and free-to-play Fortnite is the most popular within the genre.

In July 2018, Fortnite had over 820,000 concurrent viewers on video game streaming platform Twitch, streaming over 151 million hours of content. Remember, that’s just for July 2018. Over the same period, direct competitor PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) brought in over 580,000 concurrent viewers, for a total of 44.1 million hours of streaming content.

Mind-blowing figures, but it illustrates just how popular Fortnite is as well as why Epic Games decision to cut Google out of the loop is financially imperative.

How to Install the Fortnite Launcher on Android

At the time of writing, the Android version of Fornite is in beta testing. If you already have an Epic Games account, there is a strong chance you will have beta access. Check out the video below for a short tutorial on how to install the Fortnite launcher on your Android device. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S8, but your experience may vary.

  1. On your Android device, head to the Fortnite homepage. Select the Epic Games link to begin the download, then hit Open when it finishes.
  2. When the “install unknown apps” warning appears, hit Settings. Then toggle Allow from this source and head back to the Fortnite Installer.
  3. Press Install. Wait for the installation to complete, then press Open.
  4. Let the Epic Games launcher initialize.
  5. Select Continue to accept the “Game Storage Required” prompt, then Allow the Fortnite Launcher access to your media and storage.
  6. The download and installation process launches automatically. Let it complete; then you can launch the Fortnite for Android beta.
  7. Remember to turn off installation access for unknown sources. Head to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Install unknown apps > Chrome > Allow from this source.

The menu structure and names may vary depending on your Android device.

What Devices are Compatible with Fortnite on Android?

Epic Games are running an exclusive beta period deal for Samsung devices. So those readers with a Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4 have immediate access, as well as a flashy exclusive outfit to strut your stuff in, too.

Other compatible Android devices include:

  • Google: Pixel | Pixel XL | Pixel 2 | Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone | Zenfone 4 Pro | 5Z | V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10 | Honor Play | Mate 10 | Pro | Mate RS | Nova 3 | P20 | Pro | G5 | G6 | G7 ThinQ | V10 | V20 | V30 | V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 | 5T | 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark| Mi 5 | 5S | 5S Plus | 6 | 6 Plus | Mi 8 | 8 Explorer | 8SE | Mi Mix | Mi Mix 2 | Mi Mix 2S | Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 | 7s | Axon M | Nubia | Z17 | Z17s | Nubia Z11

When the full version launches, Epic Games will announce more compatible devices.

Security Considerations for Fortnite on Android

For many, the first thought to Epic Games’ Google Play Service refusal was security. Despite the potential for an admittedly massive 30 percent cut on Fortnite’s earnings, Google has drastically improved the Google Play Store in recent years.

And while malware, fraud, phishing, and security issues won’t ever disappear, the introduction of Google Play Protect has ramped up protection for the billions of Android users.

In fact, Google reports that it “took down more than 700,000 apps that violated the Google Play policies, 70 percent more than the apps taken down in 2016. Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier. In fact, 99 percent of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them.”

However, the malware variants that did get through are savage, consisting of banking trojans, botnet malware, malicious crypto-mining apps, and other fraudulent and credential stealing campaigns.

The Fortnite for Android beta launcher is hosted solely on the Epic Games site and is the only place you will find the official download. Once you install the Fortnite launcher and app, it automatically updates to deliver both game and security patches without the Google Play Store.

Nonetheless, as with other popular games, there are always malicious imitators waiting in the sidelines. Fortnite will not be the exception to that rule. On the other hand, it hasn’t made a difference for other popular games that do use the Google Play Store.

Furthermore, Google isn’t going to allow Fortnite imitators take Epic Games place on the Google Play Store.

So, is there a risk? Yes, of course. A potential user could click through to a site mocked up to mimic the Epic Games site, download a malicious APK, and install malware on their device.

Is there more of a risk than with other games? On this, I’m not so sure. You only have to complete an internet search for “FIFA 18 APK” and scroll down a little to find some more nefarious looking installation folders.

So long as Epic Games continues their vocal approach to their Fortnite on Android launcher, the overwhelming majority of users should remain safe.

That’s not to say there won’t be a sudden explosion in Fortnite-related Android malware. Malicious Fortnite for Android links were found alongside videos on YouTube as early as June—so pay attention to what you are downloading, and where you’re downloading it from.

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2017 $999 iPhone X With 3GB RAM Bests 2018 $999 Galaxy Note 9 With 6GB RAM In Real-World Speed Test Comparison

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Blackview BV5800 Pro: Rugged, Affordable, and Great Value For Money

Our verdict of the Blackview BV5800 Pro:Blackview’s BV5800 Pro builds on their past successes, creating a rugged phone that is both durable and desirable at an incredibly affordable price. 810Modern electronics are quite fragile; none more so than your smartphone. The irony is that we tend to have our smartphone with us in all conditions—while working, outdoors exercising, or just out in the rain. These often expensive gadgets have a habit of breaking or getting damaged in any number of situations. We buy screen protectors and pricey cases to protect them, but even they don’t always prevent the almost inevitable…

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Blackview's BV5800 Pro builds on their past successes, creating a rugged phone that is both durable and desirable at an incredibly affordable price.
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Modern electronics are quite fragile; none more so than your smartphone. The irony is that we tend to have our smartphone with us in all conditions—while working, outdoors exercising, or just out in the rain. These often expensive gadgets have a habit of breaking or getting damaged in any number of situations.

We buy screen protectors and pricey cases to protect them, but even they don’t always prevent the almost inevitable cracked screen. Could a rugged device like the Blackview BV5800 Pro be the answer, achieving a balance between performance and durability?

Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 8.1
  • CPU: MT6739 Quad Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB internal, expandable
  • Battery: 5580mAh
  • Display: 5.5 inches, 1440×720, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Dimensions: 6.18 x 3.09 x 0.61 inches
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Rear Camera: 13.3 MP
  • Network:
    • 2G: GSM – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G: WCDMA – 850/900/2100 MHz
    • 4G: FDD – B1/3/7/8/20/40
  • Features: NFC, Wireless Charging, IP68 Rating, Fingerprint Reader, Dual SIM support
  • Price: $149.99

Design

As the BV5800 Pro is a rugged device, it won’t come as a surprise that it is quite bulky. It weighs a fairly hefty 250g, compared to the iPhone X’s 174g. The BV5800 Pro is also twice as thick as the iPhone X—0.61 inches versus 0.3 inches.

At first, it seemed awkwardly large, but then I’m used to the relatively svelt Google Pixel. The phone felt uncomfortable in my pocket, but the main takeaway is that it did fit. Like the Pixel, you can find the BV5800 Pro’s fingerprint reader on the rear of the device, just below the camera.

The device is mostly covered in a rubberized plastic, with two metal plates along the side, and one on the rear around the camera and fingerprint reader. The two plates on the side are home to the BV5800 Pro’s hardware buttons; power on the right, volume and customizable SOS buttons on the left.

Although the phone looks like a rugged brick, opening the charging and headphone flaps proves otherwise. Underneath the external casing, is a smartphone like any other but without the outer finish. These flaps are vital as they help the phone to achieve it’s IP68 waterproof and dust-proof rating.

The 5.5-inch screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which sounds exciting, but is actually rather pedestrian. Gorilla Glass 3 was first introduced at CES 2013, and Gorilla Glass products can be found on over five billion devices worldwide.

The design of the BV5800 Pro is unlikely to inspire the kind of enthusiasm often felt for Apple’s devices. However, it isn’t wholly unattractive either. The colored accents add a little flair.

Features

One of the BV5800 Pro’s most notable features is that it runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Budget smartphones often run versions of Android that are at least a year or two out of date. To find the most current iteration of Google’s operating system here is a welcome surprise.

And it isn’t the only one. The phone comes with support for wireless charging and quick charge. It has in-built NFC which means you can use it for contactless payments. The fingerprint reader is a fairly standard feature in 2018, but its inclusion on such an affordable phone is an oddity.

The BV5800 Pro supports 2G, 3G, and even 4G networks. There is even Dual SIM support, with the SIM tray accessible on the right-hand metal plate. The second SIM slot also doubles as the tray for expandable storage. However, this does mean that you have to choose between expandable storage and a second SIM card.

Performance & Battery Life

If you are considering purchasing a rugged phone like the BV5800 Pro, then performance is probably not high on your priority list. The $150 price-tag may also make you doubt how good the device could realistically be.

The BV5800 Pro uses an entry-level CPU and has just 2GB of RAM. Intensive tasks like photo and video editing and many games stutter and occasionally crash. It’s clear that this is not a flagship device. Given those specifications, you’d expect the phone to handle multitasking poorly, but that isn’t the case.

Android 8.1 is the best iteration of Android for multitasking performance and battery life. If the BV5800 Pro ran an older version of Android, it might have been unusable. However, it breezed through almost all day-to-day tasks like checking emails, social media, and taking photos.

The sizable 5580mAh battery is a significant strength. For comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 comes equipped with a 3000mAh battery. The large capacity battery means that, depending on usage, you can expect the device to last up to a week on a single charge. Playing a YouTube video at full brightness and full volume saw the BV5800 Pro last almost nine hours.

Durability

The main selling point of the BV5800 Pro is its rugged design. While its reasonable performance as a smartphone is a bonus, the durability of the phone is what’s important. The two key features here are the phone’s IP68 rating and durable outer shell.

Water & Dust Proofing

The BV5800 Pro achieved IP68 rating, which means that it is completely protected against dust and is waterproof for depths of over one meter. Blackview’s specifications claim that it is waterproof at 1.5 meters for up to two hours.

Blackview BV5800 Pro Water Test

After testing the device, there was no indication that this wasn’t the case. The phone survived multiple submersions and contact with running water. There seemed to be no lasting damage or performance issues. The only observation was that under running water with the screen unlocked, the water would interact with the screen as if you were touching it.

Blackview BV5800 Pro Dust Test

Dust resistance is more of a long-term concern; however, we did subject the phone to incredibly dry soil and dirt. As promised, the device was entirely dust free after a quick wipe down.

Damage Resistance

Waterproofing is an increasingly common smartphone feature. So while its a huge benefit for the BV5800 Pro, the phone’s most distinguishing feature is its ability to withstand damage. The tough outer shell is designed to protect the delicate electronics underneath.

While reviewing the phone, I inadvertently gave it a quick test after accidentally dropping it as I carried it around the back garden. Aside from a few minor scuff marks around the corners of the case, there was no noticeable damage. Contrast this with the Google Pixel, who’s screen shattered after it fell about 20cm onto the same surface.

Knowing it could survive day-to-day accidents, it was time to move on to more challenging tests. Stationed about five meters above ground in the top floor, I dropped the phone onto the concrete in the back garden. Unfortunately, this led to the premature end of the damage testing. The phone landed on the upper right corner, and the impact sent spider cracks all across the screen.

This shouldn’t necessarily count against the BV5800 Pro. The corner of a device is naturally one of its weakest points. As the impact surface area was minimal, the force was concentrated in that area. If it had landed on its front or back, the outcome might have been different.

The important thing to note from this test was that the phone did still work. A simple screen repair would get the phone back in action. However, as many screen repairs often cost upwards of $100, this may not be economical.

Should You Buy The Blackview BV5800 Pro?

Rugged devices aren’t for everyone. They trade modern design for practicality and function. For the most part, they are niche devices for those of us with a higher risk of damaging our gadgets.

The Blackview BV5800 Pro, however, makes a compelling case that rugged phones could be mainstream devices. Mediocre internal specifications aside, the phone checks almost every desirable box.

The phone has 4G and Dual SIM support alongside wireless and quick charging. There is a 13.3 MP camera and fingerprint reader on the rear of the device. It runs the latest version of Android and isn’t crammed full of bloatware. The gigantic 5580 mAh battery means the phone will last for days. It’s even water and dust proof.

To get all of that for just $150 is, frankly, incredible.

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Android 9 Pie (Go edition) arrives this fall

With Android Pie now available (on a handful of devices, at least), Google’s prepping the launch of its low-powered counterpart. Android 9 Pie (Go edition) — the successor to the more pithily named Android Go — will be hitting arriving on devices this fall. Like Android Oreo (Go Edition), the latest OS is a stripped […]

With Android Pie now available (on a handful of devices, at least), Google’s prepping the launch of its low-powered counterpart. Android 9 Pie (Go edition) — the successor to the more pithily named Android Go — will be hitting arriving on devices this fall.

Like Android Oreo (Go Edition), the latest OS is a stripped down version of its latest full operating system, designed to run on devices with 1GB of RAM. The more modest hardware requirements make it a compelling match for low-cost devices and thus a solid option for developing markets.

Among other things, it will offer faster boot times than standard Android and will free up space on the phone’s storage. There are new security features on board as well, along with a dashboard for monitoring data consumption. There are a number of updates to individual Go apps, too, including the ability to read sites’ content aloud in Google Go and navigation in Maps Go.

According to Google, the Android (Go edition) is currently available on 200 devices in more than 120 countries.

The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Apps for Android

Every Android user should keep a text-to-speech app handy. You don’t need to have a vision impairment to enjoy the benefits. For example, they’ll let you listen to the news on your morning commute, catch up with new text messages in bed, or even enjoy your favorite ebooks without looking at the screen. But which Android text-to-speech apps are the best? Keep reading to find out. 1. Android’s Native Text-to-Speech Feature Android has lots of accessibility tools that make the phone easier to use. One of the tools is a native text-to-speech function. The feature has fewer customizable settings than…

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Every Android user should keep a text-to-speech app handy. You don’t need to have a vision impairment to enjoy the benefits.

For example, they’ll let you listen to the news on your morning commute, catch up with new text messages in bed, or even enjoy your favorite ebooks without looking at the screen.

But which Android text-to-speech apps are the best? Keep reading to find out.

1. Android’s Native Text-to-Speech Feature

Android has lots of accessibility tools that make the phone easier to use. One of the tools is a native text-to-speech function.

The feature has fewer customizable settings than some of its competitors. You can adjust the speech rate and pitch and install additional languages—that’s it.

To change the text-to-speech settings, head to Settings > Personal > Language and input > Speech > Text-to-speech output.

Android’s text-to-speech feature automatically works with other Google apps that offer a read aloud feature. For all other apps, you’ll need to enable Select-to-speak in Android’s settings menu.

To enable the feature, go to Settings > System > Accessibility > Services > Select-to-speak. To use it, select text in any app and choose Speak from the popup menu.

2. Voice Aloud Reader

Voice Aloud Reader is easy to use and supports a few different ways of reading text.

If the app from which you want to read text has a share feature, just send the content to Voice Aloud Reader using the native Android Share menu. This also works for on-screen items that have their own share buttons, like tweets and Facebook posts.

Similarly, if the text you want to read is selectable, you can use the Share button in the popup context menu.

The app also works with URLs. Just paste the site’s (or article’s) address into Voice Aloud Reader, and it will automatically parse and read the relevant text for you. It’s intelligent enough to strip out the menus and other junk.

You can even add text files (like DOC and PDF) directly into the app; it can open the files and read their contents.

Download: Voice Reading (Free)

3. Narrator’s Voice

Narrator’s Voice offers something a bit different. The usual features are here: it can read text from apps, the web, messages, and other sources.

However, the app also has a fun side. You can add various sound effects to the speech synthesis such as echo, reverb, gargle, and choir.

It featuresa wide selection of voices to choose from. Some tech favorites like Cortana and Siri are present, as are some of the developer’s own creations like “Steven” and “Pink Sheep” (don’t ask).

Additionally, Narrator’s Voice lets you add your own text which it will then run through its synthesizer. It makes the app a great way to add a voiceover to video narrations, slideshow presentations, and more.

You can even save your audio output file as an MP3, store it offline, and share it with friends.

An in-app purchase removes the ads.

Download: Narrator’s Voice (Free)

4. Talk Free

Talk Free takes a more minimal approach than Voice Reading and Narrator’s Voice.

The app can import web pages directly from your phone’s browser or read the text from other third-party apps. You can export all the audio files and save them offline in WAV format.

It’s important to note that Talk Free relies on your phone’s pre-existing text-to-speech (TTS) engine to work. Most Android devices will already have Google’s engine installed. If you have deleted your phone’s TTS engine, you can re-download Google Text-to-Speech free from the Play Store.

The benefit of using Google’s TTS engine is support for lots of languages. If Google offers the language, Talk Free can generally work with it.

The pro version removes ads.

Download: Talk Free (Free)
Download: Talk Free Pro ($2)

5. T2S

T2S is a text-to-speech app that offers one of the most modern interfaces out of the apps we’ve discussed.

The app’s standout feature is the presence of a simple built-in web browser. It’s not going win any awards for the number of features it offers, but it lets you easily listen to web pages without worrying about copying and pasting URLs or using the Share menu.

T2S’s copy-to-speak feature is also worth mentioning. It shows an on-screen popup button whenever you copy text in other apps. Pressing the button will make the app start reading the copied text instantly.

As with the other apps in this list, T2S lets you save your audio readouts and share them with other people.

The pro version removes ads.

Download: T2S (Free)

6. TK Solution Text to Speech

Another popular text-to-speech app on Android is TK Solution’s Text to Speech.

The app works well and hosts the usual selection of features, including exportable WAV files, an area where you can type your own text and make the app read it aloud, and a variety of supported languages.

It also offers a unique feature that warrants its inclusion in this list: vocal input. You can tap the microphone button, speak into the app, and then listen to a synthesized version of what you said.

On the downside, we didn’t like the excessively large space dedicated to the app’s settings that’s ever-present at the top of the window.

You can remove ads via an in-app purchase.

Download: TK Solution’s Text to Speech (Free)

7. Pocket

We’ll leave you with a slightly left-field choice: Pocket.

You probably already know that the app is an excellent way to save articles to read later when you’re offline.

You may not know, however, that the app also has a text-to-speech reader. The feature supports multiple voices and languages and includes adjustable pitch and speed. It even supports background playback, meaning you can keep listening while you use other apps.

Because the text-to-speech reader is one of Pocket’s native features, it’s great when you want to listen to some longform content on a journey when you are without internet. Obviously, if you want to listen to text from all your apps, this isn’t the right choice for you.

Download: Pocket (Free, premium version available)

Speaking Text Everywhere

Hopefully, you now appreciate the benefits of keeping a text-to-speech app installed on your Android device. We’d love to know how you utilize the technology; you can share your stories in the comments.

And if you want to discover more great apps, make sure you check out the best Android ebook readers and best replacements for stock Android apps.

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Android 9 Pie Does Not Let You Use Call Recording Apps Without Root

Android 9 Pie does not let you use call recording apps until you root your smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

Android 9 Pie does not let you use call recording apps until you root your smartphone. Here's everything you need to know.


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