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A few days shy of one year ago, I brought you news of nifty little application called ReadItToMe by XDA Senior Member crazyfool_1. This app, as the name suggests, takes any incoming messages and call notifications that you might receive while a headset is plugged in or the device is streaming audio over Bluetooth and reads them to you aloud. The concept is perfect for those who are fed up of constantly hauling your device out of your pocket or impulsively taking one eye off the road whenever a notification comes through.
Since that article was posted, the application has been developed further and in fact it has been essentially rewritten and given a hefty update. It has not only received a boost in functionality, but also a full Holo UI makeover. It makes sense to keep such an app consistent with the aesthetics of newer versions of Android and contemporary applications, as the basic functionality is something people are pretty much always going to find a use for—well, for as long as we have devices capable of playing back music and receiving calls/texts anyway.
Possibly the greatest feature of this application, though, is that it will translate the gibberish that is “txt spk” and read it back to you in proper English (other languages are available). Although this isn’t a new feature, it’s still awesome. There are of course other features that are new and available in the applications PRO version, such as receiving notifications from apps like Google Talk and WhatsApp. I wasn’t planning on mentioning the premium version because we only focus on freely available apps here on the XDA Portal. However, seeing as crazyfool_1 has been kind enough to make the PRO version available to XDA members for the low low price of £0.00*, I think we can make an exception.
Check out the application thread for more information on the app itself and what’s changed in the past year.
*Approximately $0.00 (depending on current exchange rate)
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