Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Google is experimenting with a text-to-speech function for Chrome’s studying mode on desktop, as reported by Android Police. I generally use the same function in Instapaper, and in Chrome, I may see it being a useful gizmo to hearken to articles within the browser I’m already utilizing whereas I work.

The function can apparently be present in Chrome Canary, Google’s bleeding edge model of Chrome, in line with X consumer Leopeva64. When you’ve got the function, you possibly can click on a play button on the high of an article you’re in studying mode to have Google learn the textual content. Leopeva64 additionally shared a hyperlink to a video exhibiting off the function on Reddit.

Primarily based on the video, Google nonetheless has some work to do right here, because the voice is robotic and it spells out a header that reads “abstract” as an alternative of simply studying the phrase. I can’t let you know additional impressions as a result of I don’t appear to have the function within the model of Canary I downloaded from Google’s web site whereas writing this text. (I additionally realized that Chrome’s studying mode is a hidden function that it’s important to allow.) And Google is late to the sport on one thing like this; Microsoft’s Edge already presents a strong text-to-speech function in its Immersive View for web sites.

Nonetheless, if Google does find yourself rolling out this new text-to-speech function broadly, it may very well be a terrific choice for Chrome customers preferring to soak up info by audio. Let’s simply hope the corporate makes issues sound rather less robotic.

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