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Simple android application to read whatsapp

Since I'm unable to use the mobile frequently, I needed a way to listen to incoming voice messages. There are plenty of applications on the market. However, the features are not listed properly. For example, there were apps that seem to claim that they will read whatsapp messages but all they did was to read out the name of the person who had sent the message.

The two which worked for me were:


  1. Read it to me: this has got a comprehensive list of features and will read out SMS and whatsapp. You can also choose the contacts for which it will not read out the messages. However, the main issue was that after the trial period, it will require you to buy the feature to read out whatsapp messages.
  2. Message reader for whatsapp: this is a very simple app that just works only for whatsapp but has got the ability to not read out the incoming messages in a whatsapp group. This was free and since I needed only the ability to read out whatsapp messages, I chose it over the earlier application.
Note that while both of the applications read whatsapp for me on the mobile phone without any issues, on the tablet, both of them are read all the unread whatsapp messages every time there was a new message.

So, for example, if I had 5 messages that I had not read but I had listened to, and there was a 6th message, then both applications would read out all the 6 messages. I saw this behaviour only on the tablet. I checked it on both Lenovo and Nexus tablet. I have yet to figure out the cause for this.

It seems though it has to do with the notification stream. In all the devices including the mobile phone, I had android marshmallow installed so the version of the operating system does not seem to make any difference.

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