Google Assistant can now read web pages out loud in 42 languages
Earlier this year, Google announced some upcoming features for Assistant. One of those features was the ability to ask Google Assistant to read a web page out loud. The company is now ready to roll out this feature and it works with 42 languages at launch.
Using Google Assistant to read a long web page couldn’t be easier. It can be used whenever you’re looking at an article in your browser on your Android phone (it looks like this works with Chromium-based browsers, like Microsoft Edge, but not Firefox). All you have to do is trigger Google Assistant and say “read it” or “read this page.”
A page reader UI will open and the browser will automatically scroll the page while Google Assistant reads it out loud. You can use the buttons on the screen to pause the reading or skip back/forward. If the original article isn’t in your native language, Assistant can read aloud in 42 languages. You can use the translation menu to select the language you would like to hear and Assistant will always use this language.
This feature should basically work on any website with no setup. However, if webmasters would like to exclude their websites from this feature, they can use the nopagereadaloud tag. Google also wants to remind app developers that they can support this feature using Actions on Google.
Google appears to be rolling out this feature to Assistant right now. It’s already working on some of our devices here at XDA, including non-Pixel devices without the new Google Assistant. Give it a try on your phone today!