Google’s app for kids to help them in improving their reading skill. Now available in 180 countries.

Google’s Android app ‘Read-Along’ is now available in 180 different countries. The app helps kids in improving their reading skills, the company announced on Thursday. Read-Along is a free and fun speech-based reading tutor app designed for children aged 5 and above.

The app is using Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technology. The app supports nine different languages (includes Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Spanish & Portuguese) and encourages children to read aloud some interesting stories books based on their reading level. The child also gets rewarded with stars and badges after every performance in the app. The Read-Along first launched for India called Bolo (Bolo is a Hindi word meaning ‘Speak’) in March 2019.

Read Along app.

Kids will get a friendly in-app assistant named “Diya” who will guide kids throughout the Read-Along app. As Diya is a female app assistant, she gives realtime positive feedback to kids when they read well, just like a parent or teacher do. Children can also take Diya’s help at any time when they get stuck with word or sentence pronunciation even offline without any data.    

Google says that the voice data captured by Read-Along is to analyzed on-device and they are not going to send those data to Google’s servers. The app works entirely offline and requires no data at all, even kids can take help from in-app personal assistant “Diya” without the internet. You will only need to connect to internet if you want to download some new stories for kids to reading. Read-Along app doesn’t have any sign-in options and completely ads free.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic when students are forced to stay home to control the spread of the virus, Google is helping by providing free access to some of their platforms like Google Meet, G Suite, and G Suite for Education until September 30th

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