- The Read It feature by Google is only available for Android users.
- The feature will help people listen to a particular web page in the language of their choice.
- For now, the feature is available in English, but it will soon be available in 42 languages.
If you get tired of reading long reads and prefer podcasts, Google Assistant's "Read It" feature is here at your disposal. All you have to remember is four words, "Google Assistant, Read It." The "Read It'' feature is rolling out from March and Google says that it will help you listen to long web pages with Google Assistant's help. In other words, you will be able to tell the Google Assistant on your phone to read that 2000-word article to you while you jog.
The feature also comes in handy for people who do not follow a particular language on a web page or for people with visual impairment. Google Assistant can translate content into 42 languages out of which 11 will be Indian languages. However, currently, the Read It feature works only with English. Support for other languages will soon be enabled in the feature.
Google had given a preview about this feature in January at Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The feature will even work on 2G data, apart from WiFi and internet data, according to Google. The translation feature will help the users translate the page in a language of their choice. The company will use technologies like natural language processing and speech synthesis AI.
Here's how you can enable this feature on Android phones.
- Download Google Assistant from Play Store if you don't already have it.
- When you instruct Google to read the particular page, Google Assistant will start reading it out.
- It will highlight the text and auto scroll the page as it reads the text. This will help you remember how far along you have come in the text.
- You can manage the reading speed, too. So, if the Assistant is reading out a recipe for you, you can tweak it to be slow enough for you to follow all the steps.
- In case any web manager or website owner doesn't want the Google Assistant to read a page out loud, Google has built a "no page read aloud" HTML meta tag which will disable the text page by page.
The limitation of this feature lies where typos in the text are concerned. Google Assistant will not edit the typos and read them as they are. The Assistant, however, will skim through links, buttons and menus so as to make it convenient for the reader to only go through the content of the webpage.