Tech giant Google has introduced a new website — Read Along to help kids learn to read independently with the help of an animated reading assistant named “Diya”.
Read Along has been an Android app so far, which was first released as Bolo in India in 2019 and released globally as Read Along the following year.
“To make it accessible to more users, we have launched the public beta of the website version,” Tasnim Khan Software Engineer, Read Along, said in a blog post.
“The website contains the same magic: Diya’s help and hundreds of well-illustrated stories across several languages,” Khan added.
With the web version, parents can let their children use Read Along on bigger screens by logging into a browser from smartphones, laptops, or PCs at readalong.google.com.
Just like the Android app, all the speech recognition happens in the browser, so children’s voice data remains private and we do not send it to any servers.
The company said that as kids read stories aloud, Diya listens and gives both correctional and encouraging feedback to help kids develop their reading skills.