Android text to speech example

Welcome back readers!! Before I start with the post, would like to say thanks for your constant feedback and appreciations which I am getting in mails.

In this post, we are going to develop a simple application which reads out the text you typed. Sounds nice??. Follow the post to create one for you. 🙂

Package ‘android.speech.tts’:

Android SDK provides built-in package called ‘android.speech.tts’ to handle text to speech capabilities. It synthesizes speech from text for immediate playback or to create a sound file.

Let us start with the application development:

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Android custom toast example

In this post, we will discuss about how to create a custom toast message in Android application. We usually see toast as a simple text message which pops up on the screen.

But we can create custom toast with images and more style attributes like padding, gravity, etc.You can create custom toast message shown below at the end of the post:

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Android Seekbar example

In this post, we will be discussing how to use seek bar in Android application. Before we start with the development, we will learn seekbar and its usage:

What is Seekbar?

A SeekBar is an extension of ProgressBar that adds a draggable thumb. The user can touch the thumb and drag left or right to set the current progress level or use the arrow keys.

Usage: Seekbar can be used to adjust media player volume, set brightness of the screen, seek a playing music etc.

What are we going to develop?

We will develop a simple application to demonstrate how it is used to set Media player, Ringer, Alarm and Notification volume for your device.

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Android Landscape Layout example

In this post, we will be discussing about how to handle screen orientation changes  in Android application. Users will often switch to landscape orientation for comfort or more horizontal screen space, but we must make sure that controls are accessible to User even if screen orientation is changed and also should feel comfortable to work on it.

We will take “Button listener” example(Button Listener – Make the cat start Meowing) to demonstrate how the controls change its position, size etc when the screen orientation is changed and also how to organize the controls when the orientation is changed to landscape layout.

Portrait and landscape view of “Button listener” application (Before adding landscape layout):

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Android TableLayout example

What is Android layout?

Layout denotes the architecture of the application, where and how the controls should be organized in the UI.It defines the layout structure and holds all the elements that appear to the user.

Android allows us to create layouts for the applications using simple XML file and those layouts must be placed in /res/layout folder.

We can declare the layout in two ways and here we will discuss first way of doing it:

  1. Declare UI elements in XML
  2. Create UI elements at runtime using Java.
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