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Reading mode app on Android now works with Gmail and some social media apps

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Google released the Reading mode app back in 2020 and with the latest update, the company made the app a whole lot more useful. The app now works in Gmail, Threads and X. It also works with other social media and email apps.

Ever since Google ruined Assistant's "Read aloud" functionality a few weeks ago, I switched to their Reading Mode app and have been very happy with it. It's even better than Assistant.

You swipe up from the bottom with two fingers to instantly activate it. Brilliant.

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— Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) December 1, 2023

For those unaware, Reading mode turns every page you view into plain text, making it much easier to read and without distractions. So, Reading mode supporting Gmail and social media apps is a big step in the right direction.

However, developers note that the app may not work well with all social media and email apps, but it will probably get the job done. Additionally, the app can read it out loud, if you are on the go and listening is the better option.


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