Regarding Text To Speech on the upcoming GPS Apps...

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Tunnelrunner, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Tunnelrunner macrumors regular

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    Just speaking from my own preference when using sat-nav systems, I think "text to speech" capability (ie: the ability of the GPS to actually say the names of street names, highways, etc.) is kind of a must-have feature for any GPS software. It allows you to almost not have to look at the GPS at all so you can keep your eyes glued to the road.

    As far as I know, neither TomTom nor Navigon have confirmed or denied that their apps will have "text to speech" capability. Maybe they will, maybe they won't or maybe they won't have it initially but will feature "text to speech" as a software update in the future -- we just won't know until they launch this month. I know in the TomTom demonstration last week, the software told us to "bare right at the next turn (paraphrasing)" but IIRC, it didn't say the name of the street. I do remember Telenav's service on other mobile phones having text to speech.

    So just for now, that leaves only G-Map (the forgotten app who's been lost in the shuffle with all the recent media coverage going to TomTom, Navigon, and Telenav) as the only 3.0 *confirmed* GPS app that will have text to speech capability -- again, this doesn't mean that TomTom and Navigon won't have it either...they just haven't confirmed or denied yet. Very soon, an iPhone user is going to have to look at all the dozen (s) different GPS apps in the App Store, and I think "text to speech" is an important feature that's going to factor heavily in making the decision.
     
  2. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    During the WWDC keynote presentation, the TomTom demo spoke the turns as they approached.
     
  3. Tunnelrunner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Right, I know *all* GPS systems have the ability to tell you to turn left, right in 3 miles or 225 feet, etc...but did it actually say the names of the streets? There's generic voice capability ("in 100 yards, turn right") and then you have "text to speech" ("in 100 yards, turn right on LaGrant Road")--from what I can remember, the TomTom demo did not feature street-naming capability but I'm not sure; the demo was pretty short. I'll have to re-watch the keynote.
     
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  5. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    It was just giving the directions, not the street names.
     
  6. retroneo macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if 3.0 has a text-to-speech API for developers on the 3GS. It's got text-to-speech for VoiceOver, so I presume they will open it up for developers. Perhaps in 3.1
     

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