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README.md

eSpeak Text-to-Speech for Androidâ„¢

eSpeak for Android on Google Play

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This branch contains the files needed to build espeak on the android platform. It is derived from the eyes-free project.

Build Dependencies

In order to build eSpeak, you need:

  1. a functional autotools system (make, autoconf, automake, libtool and pkg-config);
  2. a functional c++ compiler;
  3. wxWidgets development libraries (needed to build and run espeakedit to compile the phoneme data).

In order to build the APK, you need:

  1. the Android SDK with API 21 support;
  2. the Android NDK;
  3. Gradle 2.1.

In order to use Android Studio, you will also need:

  1. Android Studio.

Debian

DependencyInstall
autotoolssudo apt-get install make autoconf automake libtool pkg-config
c++ compilersudo apt-get install gcc g++
wxWidgetssudo apt-get install libwxgtk2.8-dev
gradlegradle-2.1_0ubuntu1_all.deb

Building

Building with Gradle

  1. Set the location of the Android SDK:

    $ export ANDROID_HOME=<path-to-the-android-sdk>
    
  2. Build the project:

    $ ./autogen.sh
    $ ./configure --with-gradle=<path-to-gradle>
    $ make
    

This will create an android/build/outputs/apk/espeak-release-unsigned.apk file.

Signing the APK

In order to install the built APK you need to self-sign the package. You can do this by:

  1. Creating a certificate, if you do not already have one:

    $ keytool -genkey -keystore [YOUR_CERTIFICATE] -alias [ALIAS]
    
  2. Sign the package using your certificate:

     $ jarsigner -sigalg MD5withRSA -digestalg SHA1 \
       -keystore [YOUR_CERTIFICATE] \
       android/build/outputs/apk/espeak-release-unsigned.apk [ALIAS]
    
  3. Align the apk using the zipalign tool.

     $ zipalign 4 android/build/outputs/apk/espeak-release-unsigned.apk \
       android/build/outputs/apk/espeak-release-signed.apk
    

Installing

Now, you can install the APK using the adb tool:

$ adb install -r android/build/outputs/apk/espeak-release-signed.apk

After running, eSpeakActivity will extract the espeakdata.zip file into its own data directory to set up the available voices.

To enable eSpeak, you need to:

  1. go into the Android Text-to-Speech settings UI;
  2. enable eSpeak TTS in the Engines section;
  3. select eSpeak TTS as the default engine;
  4. use the Listen to an example option to check if everything is working.

Bugs

Report bugs to the espeak issues page on GitHub.

License Information

eSpeak Text-to-Speech is released under the GPL version 3 or later license.

The eSpeak Android APK code in the android folder is released under the Apache 2.0 license.

Android and Google Play are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

All trademarks are property of their respective owners.