Read Along
Developer(s)Google
Initial releaseMarch 6, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-06) (As Android market)
Stable release
01.04.20
PlatformAndroid, Android TV
TypeDigital platform, Play Store
Websitereadalong.google

Read Along, formerly known as Bolo, is an Android language-learning app for children developed by Google for the Android operating system. The application was released on the Play Store on March 7, 2019.[1][2][3] It features a character named Dia helping children learn to read through illustrated stories. It has the facility to learn English and Indian major languages i.e. Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Urdu as well as Spanish and Portuguese. It basically uses text-to-speech technology, through which the character named Dia reads the story, as well as speech-to-text technology, which mechanically identifies the matches between the text and the reading of the user. The story of Chhota Bheem and Katha Kids was added in September 2019.[4] In April 2020, a new version of the application was released.[5] In September 2020, it added Arabic language to its language option.[6] A web version was launched in August 2022.[7]

References

  1. ^ "'Google Read Along' to help 10 million UP school kids improve pronunciations". Hindustan Times. 8 August 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  2. ^ "'Google Bolo' to teach UP kids how to pronounce". Free Press Journal. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Google introduces educational app Bolo to improve children's literacy in India". TechCrunch. 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Google Lens, Bolo App Get Additional Indic Language Support". NDTV Gadgets 360. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Google Bolo Goes Global as 'Read Along' to Help Kids Learn Reading". NDTV Gadgets 360. 8 May 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Google adds Arabic to Read Along app to improve children's reading". The National (Abu Dhabi). 8 September 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. ^ Chin, Monica (August 9, 2022). "Google launches new website for kids learning to read". The Verge. Archived from the original on August 9, 2022. Retrieved August 10, 2022.