A comparison of text to speech solutions There are many text to speech solutions on the market, starting from Google Cloud Text To Speech, Microsoft Azure Text To Speech, Amazon AWS Polly and finishing with natively implemented solutions for Android and iOS devices. While the last one seems easier to implement, is reliable, and offers possibilities like using it without an internet connection, the “bigger” solutions are backed by machine learning and provide higher quality voices. The biggest downside is support for React Native - while all of them have official iOS and Android SDKs, it’s really hard to find a library for React Native. In this article, we present a comparison of native solutions for normal React Native apps, Expo ones, and the Rest API of Google Speech To Text.
Amazon Alexa’s crash after the Christmas Day overload is the evidence, that virtual assistants are constantly growing in popularity. But what if you are a computer geek and want to do as much as possible by yourself and customize everything however you want? What if I tell you that you could build your own virtual assistant having a lot of fun along the way? Buying Google Home or Amazon Echo would do the job, but what would be much more exciting and satisfying is the interaction with your own device enclosed in a fancy, personalised, 3D printed case!