September 27, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Nokia’s Symbian powered handsets are able to say the name of who’s calling, all while playing the default ringtone. It lets you know who is giving you a ring without even having to look at your phone. An app that brings this kind of functionality to Android along with plenty of extras is SayMyName Dessert.
The open-source (always a nice bonus) app has been around for awhile now, but the developer recently released a new version that should take care of nearly all known issues. The interface of SayMyName just consists of a series of settings, but all the interesting stuff goes on behind the scenes. Besides saying the name of a caller out loud, as well as the name of the person who just sent you an email or an SMS, the app can automatically read entire text messages and the subject of emails.
Let’s say you just got an email. Usually you need to pick up your device to find out who sent you the message and what it’s about, but with SayMyName you can not only know the sender, but the subject of the email as well without moving a muscle.
SayMyName Dessert is available for free in the Market, and if you want to support the developer you can purchase the donate version for €1.50. There is also a version of the app that is simply called SayMyName, but it should only be installed if you can’t find Dessert. The bottom line: if you feel you need this kind of functionality, you need this app.
- Reads text messages, Gmails and K9-Mail
- Calls out the name of who’s calling
- Mute gestures
- Discreet mode (headphones only)
- Bluetooth support
- Supports Locale and Tasker
- Can handle non-Latin languages
App: SayMyName Dessert
Price: Free (open-source)