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Applications for Text to Speech on WP7

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 11/23/2010

Currently only a small selection of text to speech apps are available on the Windows Phone 7 platform - but they're worth having!

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    Windows Phone 7 has a wide variety of useful interface options, such as the ability to use voice search to find contacts on the phone or items of interest on the web. It also features a superb software keyboard that is both responsive and brilliantly predictive, and this makes entering text very easy indeed. Emails and text messages can be sent and replied to very easily allowing you to spend less time on your phone and more time in real life.

    However, there are times when you might need your phone to help you out in real life – and it is times like these when one of the Windows Phone 7 text to speech apps might come in handy.

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    Lingo Swap

    Windows Phone 7 text to speech app, Lingo Swap Now this is an app I’m really going to take with me next time I travel to Europe! Lingo Swap lets you get around the language barrier by speaking on your behalf in a foreign country.

    Equipped with ten different languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, two variations of Chinese and Portuguese) you can use either pre-programmed phrases (“Hello”/”What is your name”/”Excuse me”, etc.) or input your own to be translated by the software. Once translation has been completed, the Lingo Swap app will then “speak” your translated phrase, so that the person you’re speaking to (waiter, hotelier, bierkeller fraulein, etc.) can understand!

    Lingo Swap can be downloaded from the Marketplace for 79p in the UK ($0.99 - $1.10 in the US) and is a must for any Windows Phone 7 user holidaying in a country where they don’t speak the language!

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    Phone Wife

    Windows Phone 7 text to speech app Phone Wife Ideal for the mischief in all of us, Phone Wife is a genius text to speech app for Windows Phone 7 that allows you to basically turn your handset into a nagging device.

    Available in the Marketplace for just 79p in the UK (probably 99c to $1.10 in the USA) this app can be programmed to speak certain phrases that your loved one is well known for uttering. All you need to do is type in these phrases and save them, and then use the various configuration options to adjust the voice. By changing volume, speech rate and balance you can have Phone Wife utter the nag phrases in something approximating the voice of your own wife or partner!

    As if that wasn’t enough, there are 10 language options as well as a NAG mode to really give you an ear bashing!

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    Early Days for Windows Phone 7 Text to Speech Apps

    Windows Phone 7 has only been available for a few weeks, so it should come as no surprise that there are only a couple of text to speech apps available. As the Marketplace grows (which it does on a daily basis) the selection of suitable tools will also grow, particularly if they are correctly indexed.

    In the meantime, these two great apps can be used cheaply for both fun and serious use.