BOLO (which translates literally to ‘speak’ in Hindi) which has been designed to help children learn both Hindi and English.
Bolo works without an internet connection, making it much more accessible once downloaded even to small rural Villages and towns in Indian subcontinent where internet connection is lacking or s not consistent.
The application also uses a voice assistant to help guide children through all of the language lessons included. Lessons themselves are a mixture of games and simple tasks that rewards children as they progress.
Using Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology, Bolo will ask children to read both sentences and phrases. Then the application listens to what has been said, quickly reviews the audio, and then using an animated assistant called Diya, helps out with pronunciation before continuing with the story.
Not only does Diya help with pronunciation, when children are learning English, Diya will also give the meaning of the word in Hindi. For children learning English as a second language, this will be a massive help.
The application is only currently available to download in India and has been designed to help improve reading and comprehension throughout the massive regions of the country. With 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English already available alongside word games, the application is decent in size, but Google is already looking to add further content soon.
Another bonus is that Bolo will also run without the need for access to a Google account, which will help even more children and families improve their reading and language skills.
Not only that but the application will be accessible for all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) or higher. Google also confirmed that while the application is currently optimized for native Hindi speakers, it will likely evolve over time for other languages.
Please note: This app is only currently available in India.