Google, at the CES 2020, unveiled a new Google Assistant feature called “Read It.” The feature basically reads aloud the text on web pages. Now, the feature is available on Android. If you have a smartphone running Android Lollipop or higher, you can use Read It on any web page.
Using Google Assistant to read the web pages is very easy. Just follow the steps below:
- Open up your web browser and navigate to a page you’d like to hear read out loud.
- With the article on your screen, activate Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” or however you usually start voice commands.
- Issue the command, “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page.”
- Google Assistant will then read the entire page out loud, auto-scrolling the page and highlighting words as it goes.
Read It is an interestingly easy feature to use. It can as well translate text in 42 languages automatically. That means if the article is written in English but you want to hear it in any language, Assistant will take care of that for you.
The Google Assistant Read It function will not only make life easier for people who just can’t be bothered to read text but it will also make the web more accessible to those who have vision impairments or primarily depend on voice commands to navigate their smartphones.
For right now, Read It is only available on Android smartphones.
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