The world is indeed a global village, and with the rapid advancement of technology, breaking through language barriers has never been more straightforward. Apple’s built-in text-to-speech (TTS) support on iPhones and iPads has been a game-changer for many users, offering a wide array of popular languages. However, the search for the perfect solution continues for those left out of the included languages.
The Diverse World of Languages: A Call for Inclusion
While Apple’s native TTS solution caters to a significant global user base, it inevitably leaves out many languages. This gap sparks a quest for alternative solutions, especially for users whose languages are not on the list. Unfortunately, most of these alternatives often come with expensive subscription requirements, creating another hurdle in the pursuit of seamless TTS solutions.
A Ray of Hope: Speech Central and Microsoft Azure Neural Voices
Enter Speech Central, the answer to the call of users looking for comprehensive language support. Teaming up with Microsoft Azure’s Neural Voices, Speech Central provides a generous free tier covering a wide array of languages often overlooked by other TTS services.
Languages Covered by Speech Central
Speech Central supports the following languages that don’t have built-in support provided by Apple:
Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Amharic (Ethiopia), Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Bosnian (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Burmese (Myanmar), Cantonese (China), Estonian (Estonia), Filipino (Philippines), Georgian (Georgia), Gujarati (India), Icelandic (Iceland), Irish (Ireland), Javanese (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Khmer (Cambodia), Lao (Laos), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (North Macedonia), Malayalam (India), Maltese (Malta), Mongolian (Mongolia), Nepali (Nepal), Norwegian Bokmål (Norway), Pashto (Afghanistan), Serbian (Serbia), Shanghainese (China), Sinhala (Sri Lanka), Somali (Somalia), Sundanese (Indonesia), Swahili (Kenya, Tanzania), Urdu (Pakistan), Uzbek (Uzbekistan), Welsh (UK), Zulu (South Africa).
Speech Central: A Wealth of TTS Capabilities on iOS
With Speech Central, the iPhone and iPad have become more inclusive, providing an enriching TTS experience for a broader range of languages. You can now read aloud web content, ePub, PDF, and all other formats on iOS in all the languages supported by Speech Central.
With this solution, language barriers on iPhones and iPads are a thing of the past. Speech Central’s inclusion of Microsoft Azure Neural Voices is a testament to technology’s power to bring the world closer, one language at a time.