Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Launches a Free App 'Bolo' For Kids in India

Google Launches a Free App 'Bolo' For Kids in India

Google today launched a new app called Bolo, which is aimed at helping students in India, especially those in rural parts, with their reading and comprehension skills.

Launched in India first, the app is created to work offline and Google says that Diya has been engineered to encourages, explain, and correct a child, while they are reading. It is additionally attempting to include support for more Indic dialects to Bolo, however the organization did not share a course of events for the equivalent.

Currently, Bolo has over 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English and offers word games, rewards, and badges to keep children engaged. "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 ( GOOGL ) said in a statement.

Apart from this, the Google Bolo app also works offline and does not have any ads. The app also gives instant feedback. Diya not only explains the meaning of the word but also helps in the pronunciation of each letter for the children in the sentence or a word. And this is where the Bolo app could come into the picture and help these children learn and read better.

Google launches ‘Bolo’ to tutor children to read Hindi, English
Google built a free app to teach Hindi and English to kids in India

What's even more interesting is that Google claims that the app takes special care of security and privacy of the children, and takes all the possible solutions to keep their information safe and secure.

Google will be working closely with four non-profit partners including Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation - a Piramal Initiative, who have extensive experience of working in this space to take Bolo to more children, and further expand their efforts across India. So, if a family has two siblings, they can both use the app and track their individual progress. More details on Google's data collection from the Bolo app can be found on the company website. They have launched this app keeping in mind, about rural students, how difficulties they face in Reading different sentences, stories, phrases and all. The results are very encouraging, with 64% of children showing an improvement in reading proficiency in just 3 months.

The app is available on the Android platform and can be downloaded on an Android smartphone running on Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher, from the Play Store.

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