Google Launches Free Learning App Called Bolo

Pappi Hex

Internet giant Google has launched a free new learning app in India to help primary grade children improve their English & Hindi reading skills.

The Google app, Bolo, which means "to speak" in Hindi, is an application that aims to aid kids read English and Hindi without their parents supervision. The app comes with a fun and helpful animated tutor called Diya to help the kids.

Diya is a personalized reading tutor that uses the same text-to-speech tech found in Google Assistant to listen to the kids pronunciation and as well make vocabulary suggestions, pronunciation suggestions and also explain the words that the learning kids don't understand.

"We believe technology has the power to help transform teaching and learning, and have been actively directing our products, programs and philanthropy to ensure that all students are able to benefit from it." Google said in a blog post. "Today, we are further strengthening our efforts by introducing Bolo, an Android app from Google that parents can download to help children improve their reading skills."

Bolo already has over 920 students in about 200 villages in India, and now Google has made it available on its Android mobile operating system

The app comes with has over 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English, and offers games and tasks that rewards children as they progress, and there are badges to keep the kids engaged.

Bolo can work offline without an Internet connection, and there isn't any ad served on the app to help minimize data consumption.

Google plans to also expand the learning service to other countries in the future, though it didn't specific the date.

Bolo is available from Android 4.4 Kitkat+ and can be down from the Play Store.

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