Google launches Bolo app in India to help children read in English, Hindi

  1. Google has unveiled a new app ‘Bolo’ that aims to help primary school students learn to read in Hindi and English
  2. The app has an in-built reading companion called ‘Diya’ that encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word.
  3. The app which has been launched first in India.It uses Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.
  4. As per the ASER 2018 report,an autonomous survey unit,of all the students enrolled in grade 5 in rural India,only about half can confidently read a grade 2 level textbook.
  5. This app aims to help improve the reading ability of children, as the lack of it can significantly impact further education and ultimately children’s ability to realise their full potential.