Google introduced the ‘Bolo’ app last year in an effort to help children learn to read. Now Google has renamed the app as ‘Read Along’ and it is currently available in over 180+ countries. The app is available in multiple languages like English, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Due to the lockdown and shelter in place existing in various regions across the globe, all schools are closed. This is where Read Along by Google comes into play.
The app is made available for children above 5 years old and helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud.
The app uses Google’s speech recognition technology to develop reading skills in children and provide necessary guidance in real-time.
The main character in the app is Diya, a built-in reading assistant. According to the company, “She gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way, just as a parent or teacher would. Children can also tap Diya at any time for help pronouncing a word or a sentence.”
The app comes with collections of stories and other reading materials that could be used by children to read. As the reading progresses, if the children make any mistake or struggle to pronounce words then the assistant will help them in finding the real pronunciation.
Another highlighting thing here is Google’s concern on children’s privacy. The app comes with no ads or in-app purchases. What’s more interesting is that the app could even work offline once you download the required materials. The assistant will also work even if the phone is not connected to the Internet.
All the voice data and sort of things like that are being processed within the device itself and do not send anything to the Google Servers for validation or store it.
The app is now live on Google Play Store