FEATURE – TECHNICAL IMPLICATIONS: Google launches read-along app for young children – SABC News

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SABC News’ Tshepiso Moche reports on related technical developments in South Africa and around the world. In this issue, he takes a look at Google’s Read Along app for young children.

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Google has launched a website for its Read Along app to encourage young children to read.

Read Along aims to improve children’s reading and writing skills by using Google’s speech recognition technology to provide verbal and visual feedback to children as they read to them.

Previously it was an Android app first released as Bolo in India in 2019.

It was released worldwide as a read-along the following year.

Kids can learn to speak languages ​​like English, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, and Urdu by reading stories with Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech text.

While the app had the benefit of being offline, the website can help people who are short on storage on their phones or schools with desktop computers.

The company said it is working with new content providers to add more stories to the platform.

One of the other main differences between the website and the app is that you don’t have to sign up when using the app.

However, if you’re using a desktop, you’ll need to sign in with your Google (Gmail) email address.

Read Along’s Android app has been used by more than 30 million children.

Around 120 million stories have been read on the app since it launched in 2019.

Meanwhile, Google added 24 languages ​​to its translation service last month.

Ten of these are in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is part of an effort to expand its online language databases and make the service more accessible to speakers of underrepresented languages.

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