Speak And Hear SMS Help


Speak” – First command to read text.
Repeat” – Repeat what was spoken by the app last.
Send” – Send what was spoken by user last.
Call” – Call sender.
Cancel” – End processing text.

Everything else understood is interpreted as a new text message.

If the app didn’t understand what was spoken, it will repeat the last thing spoken by the app.


Startup options:

1. Enable Speak And Hear SMS.
This is primarily an option to temporally disable Speak And Hear SMS while leaving the program running.

2. Enable start on boot.
This allows Speak And Hear SMS to start on phone reboots.

3. Enable Text Speaking.
Use the default external Text To Speech engine to speak text. There are a number of paid and free Text To Speech engines that can be used. Google Text to Speech is free and usually included in the phone.

4. Enable Voice Commands.
This uses the default external Speech To Text engine (such as Google Now) to allow Voice Commands to speak and send a reply text. If Google Now is working then you should be able to use Voice Commands. NOTE: If you install Google Now AFTER installing Speak and Hear SMS, you will need to reboot your phone in order to use Voice Commands.

Bluetooth options:

1. Enable TTS only on Bluetooth.
Texts are only spoken when using a Bluetooth device.

2. Enable URL Player with Bluetooth.
Auto starts and stops built-in URL player when using a Bluetooth device. The player will start automatically when a Bluetooth device connects and stop when the Bluetooth device disconnects. NOTE: This can also be used to start an external app such as a media player (See URL).

3. Ignore Silent with Bluetooth.
Overrides phone silent settings to allow music and Text to Speech functions when using a Bluetooth device. Another Bluetooth convenience option.

4. Capture Bluetooth media buttons.
Some Bluetooth headsets of buttons for controlling pause and play of music. The built in URL player can take advantage of this if enabled.

5. Use mono input with Bluetooth.
Some car stereos require the use of mono Bluetooth input to interrupt the built in radio.

6. Use mono output with Bluetooth.
Use mono output. The sound quality of mono audio is lower so use only if you can’t hear the output on your bluetooth device.

Misc options:

1. URL
Add a URL in the form of http://address.of.streaming.mp3. You can also use the name of an app (ex. com.daford.speakandhearsms) to start an external app. Note: This only starts the app. It does not control it. Press “Save” to save URL. Press “URL” to save as default.

2. Remove SMS notification.
Removes text notification from notifications pull down. This requires Notifications enabled on phone (Menu > Settings > Menu > Enable Notifications in app).

3. Show App in notification area.
This places an icon in the notification and a shortcut on the notification page for quick access back into the app.

4. Use alternate media player.
By default Speak and Hear SMS uses the high quality VLC media player library which may not be compatible with all phones. Disable this if you have problems with URL stream playing to use the default Android media player.

Speak and Hear SMS relies on built in Text-To-Speech and Speech-To-Text engines for speaking texts and receiving commands. Make sure these are working by testing Speech-To-Text with Google Now Voice Search and Text-To-Speech using Listen To Example in the Language and input section of Settings.

Speak and Hear SMS does not modify volume levels. As volume can greatly effect speech recognition, try setting the volume level WHILE in a voice prompt.