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Give Your Notifications’ Voice an Upgrade
Sometime last year, we reported on an interesting app called Voice for WhatsApp developed by XDA Senior Member pacosal. Still in its beta phase at the time, its purpose was to literally voice your incoming WhatsApp messages out loud, as well as to send messages with voice input.
Well, pacosal has recently introduced a major upgrade to Voice For WhatsApp with a couple of major changes—the first being a change of name to Voice for Notifications. Its quite an apt change, given the app’s major introduction of support for all apps, including Gmail, Viber, and Line. The app will now prompt you for permission to allow any app that appears in the notification area to be read aloud while your device is in standby mode, a useful function for those who may be doing something else and don’t have the time to pick up the device to check.
Additionally, pacosal has given Voice for Notifications a major user interface overhaul that’s a noticeable shift from its previous, more simplistic interface that was present on Voice for WhatsApp. All notifications from apps that Voice for Notifications has permission to read aloud will now also be displayed in its main screen. Tapping on them performs the action that would normally be triggered when you tap them in the notification area. There is also support for the Sony SmartWatch, with an app that notifies you of any new notifications, a function that’s surprisingly not native to the watch itself.
Voice for Notifications is compatible with any device running Android version 2.3 and newer, and can be downloaded for free from the Play store. If you would like to check it out, visit the application thread for more information.
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