Google has released a free Android app called Read Along to improve children's reading skills. It is currently available for download in 180 countries.
The Read Along app contains a collection of stories of different lengths and on different topics, and based on them teaches children to read and pronounce words. To do this, it provides visual and audio cues. The young reader is greeted by the virtual assistant Diya with a speech recognition function that can detect the moment when the student is trying to pronounce a word or phrase and helps him accordingly.
The initial version of the app was launched in India last year, where it was called Bolo. Its goal was to help children learn English and Hindi. The company has now launched Read Along worldwide with additional support for Spanish and Portuguese.
One of the best features of the program is its ability to work offline. You can download reading stories and learning content while you access the Internet and then use them offline. You don't even need to go into the application itself to do this.
Google also states that it does not send personal information of users to its servers. You can download the application on Google Play.