We’ve covered SoundGecko before, the media project that Long Zheng is a part of and veteran Windows Phone users will familiar with. The app and service allows users to “flag” articles to be converted into audio format, perfect for those of you who want to “read” while driving or who’s eyes are just too tired. What’s more, the service in its basic form is free (though there is a paid option with more features) and it launched with a fancy Windows Phone app.
Now we’re excited to announce that version 2.0 is live in the Store. So what’s new? The app now features “stations” for easier content discovery. Basically, you can now follow specific topics of your choosing or even specific brands and websites (or a combo).
In addition, Windows Phone users now get the ability to pin stations directly to their Start screen, new Live Tiles that show the latest images from their article feed and Toast notifications for new articles that have been added to their feed. In our opinion, it’s a gorgeous “Metro” app, well designed and it fills a unique, niche area for media consumers.
Users can of course still use the free Chrome plugin, which will allow them to sync articles on the web from the PCs to their phone’s for audio transcription—perfect for their morning commute. Interestingly, version 2.0 of SoundGecko recently launched on iOS with outstanding results, including users doubling their listening time from the previous version.
You can pick up SoundGecko v2.0 for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 here in the Store. You can also watch the above video to get an idea of how it all works together.
Head to the site www.soundgecko.com for more info and let us know in comments what you think of version 2.0!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.