Sexify Your Navigation and Speech-Enabled Apps with Ivona Text-to-Speech HQ

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    This whole “having a conversation with your phone” fad seems to have been a hot topic ever since Siri jumped onto the scene. Yes, I know — we’ve been able to talk to our Android powered phones for a little over a year now but it always felt awkward to me. In effort to become “all things to all men,” I decided to try out the many Siri alternatives in the Android Market.

    Recently, I featured Speaktoit which seemed to work pretty well in terms of speaking naturally to your phone and receiving answers but there was only one small problem. The hot user created avatar sounded like the 80′s Speak and Spell toy. You may have heard this same “voice” used in other speech-enabled applications in Android, most notably while using the Navigation app in Maps.
    Thanks to my friends on Twitter, I came across a replacement text-to-speech or “voice” app in the Android Market called IVONA. Although currently in beta, IVONA will replace the stock Android Pico TTS with a voice that is both clear, natural and even… sexy? Hearing is definitely believing. Not only does it make using apps like Iris and Speaktoit more appealing to the ears but it helps when using when traveling in a noisy car and using Navigation thanks to its crystal clear voice.
    Getting IVONA all set up and running is more or less the tricky part. After downloading the app from the Android Market you will need to enable the app much like enabling a replacement keyboard. Here are the steps:

    1. Install free IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ from the Android Market
    2. Go to your Settings > Voice Input & Output > Text-to-speech settings > Scroll down to “Engines” category and check the box that says IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ
    3. Scroll up to “Default Engine” and select IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ
    4. Enjoy!
    Keep in mind some apps will require the user to enable IVONA in the apps settings. Also, Navigation in Google Maps always prompt the user to “install text-to-speech support from the Android Market” (even though it’s already installed) requiring the user to press “skip” each time.
    IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ beta version will be free and work without any limitations until November 15th. Additional languages and voices can also be found in the Market under the developer name "IVONA SOFTWARE.” Once you try it out, let me know what you guys think in the comments.

    SOURCE: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ivona.tts
     
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    Wow i love it! best app i think ive had in the longest time.
     
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    I'll try it but am not big on talking to my phone - still curious on this one though, pretty sure it's the name Ivona
     
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    Waiting for the sexy male version :big smile::wink-b:
     
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    It seemed to work good for Google Navigation. Does not work for Jarvis (text message reader)

    Bob
     
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    Can you further explain this sentence? So is this a free "trial", or if you download it prior to Nov 15th, it will remain free for your account? Will it stop working after Nov 15th and give me a prompt to buy the upgraded version instead?
     
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    Do they have Mr. T's voice?
     
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    I pity the fool who doesn't turn left on Main street. lol
     
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    Ahh hahha, good 1! That's right fool! I have his voice on my regular GPS! Funny as hell!
     
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    That is all the market description says. They didn't go into detail as in how or what they're doing after the 15th.

    Sent from my Droid 3 directly to YOU!
     
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    I feel the same way, people that have conversations with their phone must be lonely! ;) I talk to real people!
    I must say though, it's a pretty good voice!

    Swyped and sent through the interwebz to you!
     
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    I installed the UK Ivona voice this morning... I must say, NICE.
     
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    I can't even seem to get this to install. Hmmm...
     
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    I want a GLADoS voice for navigation... It would be appropriate given that nav has tried to kill me more than once.
     
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    UK Amy is much more clear than the US voice.

    This post is Incredible 2!
     
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