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Text-To-Speech in Android

The Android text to speech engine still seems to be a pretty underused resource in Android apps. However, implementing it in your own applications is straightforward. There are a few potential issues and choices you need to consider, but for most purposes, the process is not a complex one. In this tutorial we jump around a bit within one Android Activity, but don’t worry, the complete code is listed at the end. The aim is to give you a clear idea of the what’s going on at each processing stage so that you can successfully use the function in any app.
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech.OnInitListener;
import android.content.Intent;
import java.util.Locale;
import android.widget.Toast;
public class SpeakingAndroid extends Activity implements OnClickListener, OnInitListener {
        //TTS object
    private TextToSpeech myTTS;
        //status check code
    private int MY_DATA_CHECK_CODE = 0;
        //create the Activity
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
                //get a reference to the button element listed in the XML layout
            Button speakButton = (Button)findViewById(;
                //listen for clicks
            //check for TTS data
            Intent checkTTSIntent = new Intent();
            startActivityForResult(checkTTSIntent, MY_DATA_CHECK_CODE);
        //respond to button clicks
    public void onClick(View v) {
            //get the text entered
            EditText enteredText = (EditText)findViewById(;
            String words = enteredText.getText().toString();
        //speak the user text
    private void speakWords(String speech) {
            //speak straight away
            myTTS.speak(speech, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_FLUSH, null);
        //act on result of TTS data check
    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        if (requestCode == MY_DATA_CHECK_CODE) {
            if (resultCode == TextToSpeech.Engine.CHECK_VOICE_DATA_PASS) {
                //the user has the necessary data - create the TTS
            myTTS = new TextToSpeech(this, this);
            else {
                    //no data - install it now
                Intent installTTSIntent = new Intent();
        //setup TTS
    public void onInit(int initStatus) {
            //check for successful instantiation
        if (initStatus == TextToSpeech.SUCCESS) {
        else if (initStatus == TextToSpeech.ERROR) {
            Toast.makeText(this, "Sorry! Text To Speech failed...", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

Remember to use your own class name and to indicate your application package at the top of the file. If you are using Eclipse, you should not need to add all of the import statements manually, as the IDE will insert some of them automatically. Run your app in the Android emulator and hear it in action.

This is a basic overview of implementing Text To Speech in your Android apps. The TTS resource provides a wide range of additional options you may want to explore depending on the nature of your apps. When calling the TextToSpeech object “speak” method for example, you can pass a HashMap object indicating the details of more complex playback options.
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