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Google Bolo

  • Android
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Google Bolo

If you as a parent are looking for an app that will improve the reading skills of your toddlers and babies, check out Read Along by Google. Also known as Bolo in India, Read-Along is a friendly reading app available for children above 5 years of age. 

Bolo offers a catalog of 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English, sourced from Storyweaver.org.in. Aimed at primary grade children, the Bolo app is optimised for native Hindi speakers, and uses Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.

The app works offline so you can simply download the material and there you go. It is free of charge and comes with no ads so there’s no way any information leaves your phone. You also get some simple games for kids.

Teacher Review

The Read Along app helps children with reading and speaking of a language through visual and audio cues. The app assists in learning a language with storybooks containing dozens of chapters on different themes. It has a virtual assistant named Diya, which uses speech recognition to identify if a student is struggling with pronouncing a word or a phrase, and help them accordingly. There’s also multi-child profile support. This allows parents to create multiple profiles for personalized recommendations.

The reading app is available in 9 languages across 180+ countries. The concept is simple, your kid reads out the stories aloud and the in-app reading assistant provides feedback on it. The feedback could be verbal or visual to improve the kid’s reading ability.

Pros:
  • Free to use
  • Worldwide available
  • Reading assistant
Cons:
  • App is little glitchy
  • Not for basic learning
Key Features
  • Available in 180+ countries
  • In-App Reading Assistant
  • Multi-Child Profile
  • Works Offline
  • Free to use
  • Multiple Language Support

One of the best features of the app is that it works offline. You can download learning content and stories while you’re connected to WiFi and use it offline. You don’t need to sign in to the app, and Google says it sends no data back to its servers.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android

Price

Free

Skills

Communication Skills
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Google LLC

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Publisher's Description

Read Along is a free reading app for Android that helps children have fun while they learn to read.

Read Along has an in-app reading buddy that listens to your young learner read aloud, offers assistance when they struggle and rewards them with stars when they do well – guiding them along as they progress. It works best for children who already have some basic knowledge of the alphabet.

After the initial download, the app works securely offline.

Inspire a love of reading in young learners

Fun game-like experience: Keep young minds engaged with hundreds of stories and word games available in nine languages, including English and Spanish. Build confidence reading out loud with instant rewards of stars and badges
Independent learning: Encourage all young learners to learn at their own pace and track their individual progress. Learners have unique profiles, and each advances on their own reading journey with recommended stories based on their reading level. If needed, they can tap on any word to hear it pronounced

Foster learning with confidence

Zero cost with no ads or upsells: Keep them focused on what’s important – reading – and relax knowing there are no in-app purchases
No Wi-Fi or data required: Once downloaded, provide a rich learning experience while relieving worries about unsupervised access to the Internet
Private and secure: No name, age, specific location, contact, email address or phone number is required to use Read Along. Additionally, voice data is analyzed in real time on the device, but not stored or sent to Google servers

Languages available:
With Read Along, children can read a variety of fun and engaging stories in different languages including:
• English
• Spanish (Español)
• Portuguese (Português)
• Hindi (हिंदी)
• Bangla (বাংলা)
• Urdu (اردو)
• Telugu (తెలుగు)
• Marathi (मराठी)
• Tamil (தமிழ்)

With Read Along, children can practice, gain confidence, and grow a lifelong love for reading.
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