Q: Can emails be read aloud to me as they are received?
A: Many people ask this question. This is not the main purpose of the app (which is listening to your inbox), but it is possible to configure Speaking Email CarPlay to read out email when it arrives, although this only works when the app is in the foreground.
If this functionality continued after the app went into the background, there would be no way to stop it happening when you didn't want it, after you reach your destination or when you have a passenger. Also due to Apple limitations, speech recognition cannot be invoked from a background app, and other apps may be using the audio so there are problems with functioning in background mode (to get technical: apps like Google Maps can interrupt long form audio with a short announcement, but our app is classified as long form audio so is not allowed to interrupt other apps). We have made it so the phone will not go to sleep while the app is active, so if you leave the app open in reading mode it will not go into the background automatically.
What is Speaking Email CarPlay?
An app for iPhone and Apple CarPlay that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag - using the CarPlay interface controls. It works Office 365 and Gmail email accounts, as well as most other providers including any standard IMAP server.
Who is it for?
People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.
What if I don't have CarPlay?
See our other product Speaking Email for iPhone and Android for anyone who doesn't have CarPlay.
Is is free?
Yes it is free to download and you can do a lot with the free version. Free features:
- Email text-to-speech (TTS) with smart content detection (this is awesome, you will be blown away!)
- CarPlay buttons next/prev, archive, flag, delete
Do I have to upgrade?
Nope, but you can upgrade for:
- Multiple accounts
- Attachment reading
- Voice commands (you will love this!)
- Dictation - reply/forward/compose (you will love this even more!)