December 19, 2012

Google Play Books updated with new 'Read Aloud' feature and pinch to zoom

Google Play Books
Google Play Books has just had an update pushed out into the Play Store, that brings with it among other features a new 'Read Aloud' function. The new feature allows for the listening of most flowing text books, and while it seems to do a pretty good job, it's not going to replace audiobooks anytime soon. Imagine sitting down to listen to your sat-nav read you a book and you've pretty much got the right idea.

Reading aloud isn't the only new addition. Pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom now works in all books, all text editing features are available for notes, and personalized recommendations are shown to you at the end of your library and at the end of a book. Personalized advertising then, but not out of character for Google. We also get the usual handful of bug fixes and enhancements thrown in for good measure.