A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
For kids who have trouble with text-based activities, it can help them read and access the materials they need. With adult help, it could be a solid teaching tool.
Ease of Play
Though ease of use may depend a bit on device and operating system, use on Samsung Galaxy Tab A was difficult at times in terms of getting multiple gestures to work correctly. Other users do not report these issues.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This assistive app seems to hit the mark for many users, but may not work as well for others. Google TalkBack has many features and gestures that will be helpful to those who need text read to them, but how easily it works may partly depend on your device and operating system. On a Samsung Galaxy Tab A running Android 7.1.1, there were many lags and some instances when text wasn't automatically read. However, that may not be the case for other Android users. Also, the text-to-speech voice and speech patterns sometimes didn't completely match the text, especially when there was all-caps emphasis. Because you'll hear the word "next" often as you tap the Next button, it would be great to have it read more accurately; as it stands, it's pronounced in a strange way. All in all, however, this free utility is a great addition for Android users who will benefit from having text read to them.
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