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Google's Bolo helps children to read and understand English and Hindi [APK Download]

You cannot underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars is the ability to read. When I traveled to Nepal a few months ago, I was amazed at how thirsty to teach children in rural areas is. In the afternoon, many were turned off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) pull up hills to come home. In the morning, many could be seen with their backpacks and go for at least half an hour or more just to get to school or bus. And we privileged people complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up straight from our doorstep! That's why I'm happy to see Google start learning its heart with its new Bolo reading app. Bolo now has access to India and helps children read English and Hindi without supervision from their parents. Free, no ads, no privacy issues, offline. And most importantly, the personal reading tutor Diya uses the same text-to-speech technology found in Google Assistant to hear children's pronunciation and help them improve. In addition, she can explain words that they do not understand. Bolo currently has over 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English and offers word games, rewards and badges to keep the children engaged. The same app can also be used by several children, each receiving a personal profile and custom progress according to their abilities. [embedded content] Google has piloted Bolo in 200 Indian villages and…

You cannot underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars is the ability to read. When I traveled to Nepal a few months ago, I was amazed at how thirsty to teach children in rural areas is. In the afternoon, many were turned off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) pull up hills to come home. In the morning, many could be seen with their backpacks and go for at least half an hour or more just to get to school or bus. And we privileged people complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up straight from our doorstep! That’s why I’m happy to see Google start learning its heart with its new Bolo reading app.

Bolo now has access to India and helps children read English and Hindi without supervision from their parents. Free, no ads, no privacy issues, offline. And most importantly, the personal reading tutor Diya uses the same text-to-speech technology found in Google Assistant to hear children’s pronunciation and help them improve. In addition, she can explain words that they do not understand.

Bolo currently has over 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English and offers word games, rewards and badges to keep the children engaged. The same app can also be used by several children, each receiving a personal profile and custom progress according to their abilities.

Google has piloted Bolo in 200 Indian villages and has now released it as an open beta for everyone to use. In the future, it also plans to expand Bolo’s reach to other languages.

The app is compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat and over. It is currently available in the Play Store in India, but you can manually download it from the APK Mirror.

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