Google says that it will retire its experimental Rivet reading practice app from Area 120, and bring it over to Google Assistant this winter…
About two years ago, Google’s Area 120 — it’s experimental wing — introduced a free reading practice app for kids called Rivet. After testing in beta phase, the app gained smartphone support. That made it more accessible to a larger number of parents and children alike. But, being born from Area 120, there was always a possibility it would eventually get the ax. Now, that time has come — sort of.
Google’s Rivet Reading Practice Apps to Shut Down on October 16th
Rivet offer over 1,500 free books for kids to practice their reading. It even sported a very neat child-friendly user interface. (One of its most useful features was being able to tap on a word to hear its pronunciation.) It gained enough popularity to reach 10 million downloads and it even earned a 4.4 star rating on the Google Play Store. Despite these numbers, it won’t continue in its current form. Instead, Rivet will transition over to Google Assistant:
“Dear Rivet Community,
We are writing to share that Rivet will be moving to Google Assistant this winter, and will be shutting down as a mobile and web app on October 16, 2020.
Rivet was developed as an experimental product within Area 120, Google’s in-house product incubator. Like many Area 120 projects, Rivet was an experiment, and while the mobile and web apps will be shut down, we are excited that Rivet will live on with Google Assistant. We have loved developing Rivet and bringing creative approaches to reading practice to our users worldwide.
We are so grateful for your support of Rivet, and hope you enjoyed using it as much as we enjoyed building it.
For more information, please refer to the FAQ on our website.
The Rivet Team”