Google Launches “Bolo”, Features About COVID-19
Google launched a new app, named Bolo, to help children keep up with their education, while implementing an increase in the COVID-19 SOS Alerts and Knowledge Panels on Google Search, as well as YouTube Information Panels.
Google launched a new app, named Bolo, to help children keep up with their education. It is a speech-based reading app that uses machine learning to help children to read aloud confidently, using their own voice. The Government also announced a partnership with PTV to ensure that children do not miss out on education more than they already have due to COVID-19.
To reach a bigger audience, Bolo has been made available in Urdu for adults. A free English app has been launched that includes fast and easy lessons on business, marketing, management, and more.
Other Initiatives Taken by Google, Netflix due to COVID-19
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) released a statement on April 1 about Google implementing new features available to Pakistanis. These will ensure that Pakistanis are up to date with the latest factual information.
Including these features will be an increase in the COVID-19 SOS Alerts and Knowledge Panels on Google Search, as well as YouTube Information Panels with links to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Google is also assisting the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) with ad inventory so they can provide timely, helpful information to the public.
@Google has introduced new features and resources to provide locally relevant information to Pakistani users. These include expansion of #COVID19 SOS Alerts and Knowledge Panels on Google Search, as well as YouTube Information Panels. pic.twitter.com/PokbUnx35O
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) April 1, 2020
Google and Netflix have executed decisions to reduce their traffic on the telecommunication networks. Google has temporarily defaulted all videos on YouTube to standard definition, while Netflix has developed ways to reduce the streaming service traffic on telecommunications networks by 25% while also maintaining the quality of service. These methods will be applicable for 30 days only, after which they will re-evaluate their decision.
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