Speech Central Android Help


How to listen to the headlines from web sites and add articles from them?

1. In the Headlines tab of the app add a home page or some other site section that contains headlines or site’s RSS feed using the ‘+’ button. You will see three options:

  • Popular Sites – first pick the category of the site (e.g. Sports, News) and then check all the sites that you want to follow from that category.
  • Web Site – find the site using Google, navigate to its home page and tap ‘Add’.
  • Type Address – type in the address of the feed or web site to add it

2. Tap on the item and the app will start to read the headlines from the page

3. To add linked articles you can swipe left over the item and tap on the “Add to Articles & Books” button (visually it appears as “+”). You can also long tap on the item and pick this option from the menu. Finally, you can tap on the “More” at the top right of the screen, pick “Select Articles to Add”, select all articles that you would like to add and press the “Add to Articles & Books” button at the bottom toolbar.

4. You can even add articles while the screen is off (e.g. when you are using headphones and walking or while driving and the app speaks through connected Bluetooth speaker).

  • First go to the Extras tab then to the Settings and finally to Button Functions in the Headlines subsection. Set the action of the Next button to ‘Add to Articles & Books’.
  • When the item is read and the screen is off hit the next button to add the article related to it to the Articles tab. On the headphones the next button is invoked by double clicking on the center button.
  • When reading of headline item(s) is completed, the app will proceed to read the article items that you have added in the previous step.

How to read aloud web pages from Safari, Twitter and other apps?

1. Invoke sharing of the link – in Chrome it is done by pressing the ‘More’ button in the toolbar and picking ‘Share’ from the menu, in Twitter by performing tap and hold on the link.

2. Tap on Speech Central in the first row of icons.

3. Tap on ‘Listen Now’.

4. The web page is added to the end of the Articles tab and read aloud.

How to open files from Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box etc?

1. When file is stored on the storage other than Google Drive ensure that you have installed the required storage app from Google Play (e.g. Dropbox app) and after that log in to that app.

2. In the Articles & Books tab tap the ‘+’ button and then ‘Import File’

Follow the steps bellow (you may also read the official Apple support on this topic):
3. Press the hamburger button on the top right of the screen and pick the storage provider you want to use.
4. Browse to the file

How to use the app in an accessible way?

  • When the app is playing go to Navigation and then to ‘Other’ to see all possible and very elaborate ways of navigating the content.
  • Those options can assigned to audio buttons in the Extras/Settings.
  • You can customize on what Previous/Next/Skip forward/Skip back/Quick volume up-down/Quick volume down-up do – audio buttons are available on most headphones and as physical objects they should be quite accessible. Most people are not aware how to activate those buttons as they usually mean using some sort of gestures (e.g. double clicking the button activates the next command on some headphones).
  • Assigning command to quick volume down-up and volume up-down works with the device volume buttons so that’s an interesting accessible option available to everyone
  • Customization also affects the buttons on the screen. The iPhone it may show more buttons in the landscape mode which may be more useful.
  • Finally customization of buttons goes a bit beyond just navigation so you can also add some commands like bookmarking or adding the article linked to the currently read title from Headlines to Articles & Books.