Google’s ‘Read Along’ learning tool is now available on the web

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Google is rolling out its Read Along learning tool for the web.

The app, which is supposed to help kids learn to read, has been Android-exclusive since it was released in India in 2019. (It was called Bolo back then; Google changed the name for its global launch in 2020. ) Now it will finally be available for kids without Android devices.

“With the web version”, Google said(Opens in a new window)“Parents can let their children use Read Along on larger screens by simply connecting to a browser from laptops or desktop PCs. readalong.google.com(Opens in a new window).” The site works in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; support for additional browsers is “coming soon”.

Read Along asks children to read stories – which are curated by Google and feature varying topics and levels of complexity – to a “reading assistant” called Diya who “listens and gives both corrective and encouraging feedback to help children to develop their reading skills.

Google states that all audio processing required to enable this feature occurs on the device; recordings are not supposed to be sent to its servers. More information about the types of data the company collects through the web version of Read Along is available through its privacy policy(Opens in a new window).

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Google says more than 30 million kids have read more than 120 million stories through Read Along since the app launched in 2019. (Suggesting that many kids, or their parents, only read a single story before stopping using the app.) The company will release more stories later this year.

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