Google has launched a new app in India which focuses on language learning and comprehension for children. This app is aimed at primary school kids and will teach them Hindi and English as of now. Google decided to develop this app after launching a pilot project focused on rural areas. The findings of this project showed that the gap in learning between rural and urban children was immense.
Bolo runs on Google’s voice search and speech to text functionalities. It helps children learn Hindi and English better by asking them to speak. The built-in assistant, known as Diya, then corrects the children if they make grammatical errors, and thus helps them improve their comprehension and speaking skills. Bolo has its own database of 90 preloaded storybooks from Storyweaver, which is an open source digital platform that partners with NGOs frequently. Children using the app can follow any pace that they are comfortable with. Bolo is completely optimized for Hindi speaking users, making the learning process simpler for them.
Google is planning on adding other languages as well. For the time being, the company wants to evaluate the response to their current offerings before expanding the same.