From the Store description:
- Listen to the web with mAloud: articles, news, blogs, web email, product reviews, wikipedia, etc. you name it.
- Tap on a paragraph and click play to start listening. Play, fast forward, pause and rewind between paragraphs so you have absolute control of how you listen to the web.
- Play, fast forward, pause and rewind between paragraphs so you have absolute control of how you listen to the web.
As mAloud has always done, the basics work fine here. Open a web page or (in recent versions) a PDF document and then tap the play icon. You're off and listening. Or at least you are until the phone screen goes off - see the note below!
The biggest flaw in all this is that reading stops when the phone screen powers down, i.e. the usual lockscreen timeout - so if you want to use mAloud properly then you'll want to set a long display timeout. Which may be an issue for some people in terms of power saving, not least because the screen is on and drawing power all the while reading is taking place - there's no background mode because of the compute-intensive text-to-speech process.
Secondly, this is a commercial application, only a couple of dollars, but still - what the heck are the intrusive top-of-screen ads doing there? As the usual colloquialism goes, WTF? The developer either needs to go full-on commercial, with a $5 (say) price or else be free and with ads. He can't have his cake and eat it too!
And while mAloud is being tweaked, put in an over-ride for the lockscreen time-out - it's trivial to do.