Google Bolo Reading-Tutor App Launched in India, Now Available for Android

Google launches ‘Bolo’ to tutor children to read Hindi, English

"Bolo is designed as a reading-tutor app that helps primary grade students to improve their reading - anytime, anywhere". Bolo is a free app and relies on Google's text-to-speech and speech recognition technology.

The best aspect about the Google Bolo app is that all the reading material is completely free. They have launched this app keeping in mind, about rural students, how difficulties they face in Reading different sentences, stories, phrases and all.

The yearly ASER 2018 report demonstrated that of all students joined up with grade 5 in India, just about the portion of them can certainly read a standard 2 level course reading.

For Bolo app, Google ran a pilot project with 900 children in over 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh with ASER center. "We are now actively working with a number of nonprofit partners to take it to more people across the country who could benefit from it", Nitin Kashyap, product manager, Google India, said. Being discharged in India first, the Bolo application is now accessible for nothing by means of Google Play and can work disconnected. The thought with Bolo is to function as a customized reading coach, and the application gives positive feedback. Now, with the wider release of the app, the company's aiming to reach more children across India. Google has banded together with Storyweaver.org.in for substance, which incorporates 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English.

The company says the app includes an animated digital assistant called Diya.

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Diya can speak in Hindi and English and will encourage the child when they are trying to read in English or Hindi.

Google says that the same app can be used by multiple children and track their progress separately. The app works without any data and even when the phone is offline. It is also working to add support for more Indic languages to Bolo, but the company did not share a timeline for the same.

BOLO app will be available at Google play store in India for all smartphones that comprise of Android 4.4 (kit kat) version and more. "Early results are very encouraging, and we found that 64 percent of children showed an improvement in reading proficiency in just 3 months". If a child finds a word hard to pronounce, Diya automatically detects that and helps them out before proceeding with the rest of the story.

To ensure safety of the child, all personal information always stays on device.

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