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Google launches Read Along app to help kids learn and read better

Google announced a learning app for kids called the Read Along, an app designed especially for children above 5 years. The app would help the kids read and learn

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | May 8, 2020 | Updated 16:02 IST

Highlights

  • Google announced a learning app for kids called the Read Along, an app designed especially for children above 5 years.
  • The Read Along was first launched in India as “Bolo”. The thunderous response from the parents in India led to the global launch
  • Read Along by Google is now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

With one-third of the world under lockdown, Google has the perfect solution to keep the kids engaged at home. On Thursday, the tech giant announced a learning app for kids called the Read Along, an app designed especially for children above 5 years. The app would help the kids read and learn better and it would also provide verbal and visual feedback to them.

Google CEO and Founder Sundar Pichai announced the app on Twitter and said, "Happy to share that Read Along, our app to help kids grow their reading skills is now available in 9 languages across 180+ countries. Powered by #GoogleAI text-to-speech & speech recognition, it gives verbal & visual feedback as kids read stories out loud."

The Read Along was first launched in India as "Bolo". The thunderous response from the parents in India led to the global launch. Read Along by Google is now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including Hindi, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

"Read Along helps kids independently learn and build their reading skills with the help of an in-app reading buddy named Diya. As kids read out loud, Diya uses Google's text-to-speech and speech recognition technology to detect if a student is struggling or successfully reading the passage. 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," Zohair Hyder, Engineering Lead, Google said in a blog post.

This app can be of great help to parents who are struggling to keep their kids engaged. It is an interactive app that can teach new things to the children as Google plans to add a variety of books and features to the app. Kids will get stars and badges as they learn and that would encourage them to read and play more on the app.

"Parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to learn at their own pace and to track their individual progress. Read Along will personalize the experience by recommending the right difficulty level of stories and games based on their reading level performance," Hyder wrote.

Google has paid utmost importance to the safety and privacy of the children who use the app. The app will not get any ads or in-app purchases. Once you download the app, you won't need any wifi connection or mobile data to use the app hence it will not give any unsupervised access to the internet and everything can well be under parental control.

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