Speaking Email - voice reader 4+
Email done. On the move.
Designed for iPad
- Offers In-App Purchases
Reads your email out loud, lets you reply and manage mail by voice commands.
Ideal for visually impaired users, driving, or anytime you'd like to check email hands free & eyes free.
Premium Edition is free for 7 days. Then you are automatically switched to Basic Edition.
(Note for CarPlay users: see our other app Speaking Email CP)
— WHY DO I WANT IT? —
Get more time in your day when you check your email on the move.
Most people spend 1-2 hours in their inbox. With the help of Speaking Email during your daily drive to work, you can easily cut this time in half. Get more done, stay on top and keep a clean inbox.
Voice commands and simple gestures designed to be safe to use while driving give you the ability to archive, flag or even reply on the move.
(Note for CarPlay users: see also our other app "Speaking Email CarPlay")
Makes email easy to use for those with visual impairment, blindness, dyslexia, stroke, motor dysfunction. Designed to be used without needing to see or touch the screen, Speaking Email works as a fully voice operated email app.
Note: a sighted assistant or VoiceOver is required to sign into your email account and configure the many preferences to your liking. The rest is all voice controlled!
— HOW DOES IT WORK? —
Speaking Email reads your latest emails out loud from your inbox, one by one. Swipe left and right to play your inbox like a jukebox.
Whip through your inbox, clear clutter, flag important items and make inbox zero a reality - all while on the go.
You can interact with your email using full screen taps, swipes and voice commands.
Voice recognition needs a trigger. You choose when to pause for a command - on full screen tap, every 30 seconds, at the start/end of emails.
— FEATURES —
- Smart content detection skips over disclaimers, reply headers, and email signatures to speak only the content without the clutter
- Multilingual mode automatically detects the email language and switches voices to match, using Apple text-to-speech voices
- Makes use of the latest Apple speech recognition technology lets you dictate your reply, which is read back to you before sending
- Our simple Ignore Sender command puts you in control, allowing you to avoid hearing emails from the sender in future
- Connects securely to all email servers, including Gmail (using Google Sign In), Office 365 (supporting MFA and OAUTH), Exchange (via ActiveSync), IMAP, POP, iCloud, Outlook/Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL
- Voice commands and buttons include:
Ignore (thumbs down)
Important (thumbs up)
- Many preferences to set up your experience how you like
— QUESTIONS —
Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See our FAQ: http://www.speaking.email/faq
Feature tour: http://www.speaking.email
— RECOGNITION —
- Gizmodo (Jul 2020)
- "Highly Recommended" by Marc Saltzman in USA Today
- TV3 News (NZ), Paul Henry Show, Sky News
- The Australian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, NT News, SBS
- NZ Herald, National Business Review
- Featured by Apple in Best New Apps on the App Store
- Voted Most Fundable App by Context.IO
- Finalist in NZ Hi Tech Awards
— QUOTES —
“This is a nifty app, and one that will make driving a little safer for inbox addicts”—NBR
“Brilliant idea”—Paul Henry, TV3
“My eyesight isn’t as it was years ago, and your Speaking Email makes it so much easier for me to keep in touch with folks” — Willis Hargrave
“I absolutely love the app and being an outside sales rep in the car 4 to 6 hours a day find it incredibly helpful. It is literally freeing up and hour or two of time for me every day I am on the road by having a lot less time at the desk doing email. THANKS!!!” — Scott Middleton
Rebuild for latest operating system
Ratings and Reviews
Revision - to Very Good
I am very overdue to correct my original review of this app - so I need to restore my own integrity - my apologies to the developer.
I was very wrong about the voice recognition piece - I made the mistake of blaming the app when it was my poor Bluetooth in car mic (even though it was new).
After I purchased (a great) Plantronics Voyager 104 Bluetooth headset, then I quickly realized my error and incorrect rating.
In terms of the App, I was fairly happy, and it really did make a listening (and replying by voice) to emails while driving very possible.
I still had some trouble editing a response without having to start from scratch, which was frustrating if I needed to correct one word within a response I verbally created, but I know the developer was making incremental improvements to this, and they were very open to listening to feedback. Pretty impressive.
One thing that was always challenging was to clearly understand how the settings, some of which seemed to overlap potentially in how and which emails come in, and I could never be confident that the app, even if left running, would pick up where I last left off (so I had to set to always read a specific number of emails - e.g. always read 30).
However, overall a very good app and worth the ability to deal with email if you are commuting.
Developer Response ,
Hi John, thanks very much for updating your review.
There are a lot of settings but I am not aware of any particular that don't work together. For example if you switch on both "play only unplayed" and "play only unread", Speaking Email will only read out emails that it has never played before and are marked unread on your mail server. Think of this as a filter which is applied on each email: the given email must be both unread on the server and unplayed on the phone. That combination of settings might be what you need to avoid having to jump to email 30 all the time.
Thanks to your comments we have decided to change the app to attempt to keep its place if it has been open in the background for less than 6 hours. After 6 hours we expect there will be a number of new emails so it is most helpful to do a full mail check and restart from the top of the inbox. This was previously 1 hour.
New emails are always slotted into the reading order anyway, so getting new emails in the meantime within 6 hours should be fine - you will hear your latest emails after the next email is finished reading.
Best customer service!!
The way this app functions is tremendous especially for someone like me who can no longer look at my smartphone due to my eye problem. So the app works very smoothly and it is easy to learn and very easy to use. I highly recommend it. The best part is superb customer service. I wrote to the company about an issue I was having and the app developer corresponded with me in less than an hour and actually fixed a bug in the system and the problem was corrected within a few hours. It is so helpful to be able to speak directly and quickly to the app developer. This is such a helpful and beneficial product, it is so well done. I highly highly recommend purchasing it. It is well worth the money to stay with the premium edition. Because of this app my eyes are already feeling the relief.
I use this App Every Day
I have trouble focusing on one task at a time. I use this app to help me with email overload. It helps me deal with triaging my email to get it to a point where I do not feel paralyzed about where to start and how to go about filing, deleting, marking as spam, unsubscribing, etc. I cannot thank Mike and his team enough for making this app. I wish Apple would invest in this app to make it a part of the core OS. I also love that this app works on Apple’s M series based computers. I hope this app continues to flourish and grow because it is fantastic.
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- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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