Kolkata, India (PressExposure) April 12, 2014 -- The delay is finally over. After almost a year of the official announcement by Teknowledge Mobile Studio - the company is finally ready to release the German version of the Story Time For Kids mobile application. The translated version would be launched during a media conference at Kolkata next Wednesday.
Given the popularity of the original English version of the mobile app for kids, and the promptness with which the French version was released (within three months of announcement) - it was expected that the German version would hit the markets by the third quarter of 2013. However, Teknowledge ran into trouble while looking for experienced, reliable English-to-German translators - which pushed back the project significantly. According to a senior content developer at Teks, work on the German version of Story Time For Kids started about twelve weeks after it was supposed to!
From the first look of the digital storybooks translated in German (showcased via social media channels), the rather long wait seems to be worth it. The demo edition of the app, released last month, won rave reviews from critics from many top-billed software firms - for its life-like, interactive illustrations as well as the quality of the German language used. Story Time has acquired the position of the best iPhone app for kids, and Teknowledge won't be compromising on the quality of its German version in any way.
Yet another factor that needed some time to sort out was determining the digital storybooks that were to be translated to German. To start off with, Teknowledge would be releasing 10 translated storybook files (downloadable) with the German version of this storytelling app. All of these introductory storybooks would be free. Gauging the response and feedback among worldwide users, more stories (both free and paid) would be launched later.
The general mobile app designing, parental control, and in-app purchase features of the German version of Story Time for Kids would be exactly similar to those present in its English counterpart. Four linguistic experts had been hired, to record the oral narrations of each of the stories. Tapping on any of the German words present in the stories would lead to it being pronounced, in the right accent. The reading as well as the oral phonetics skills of little ones are likely to be buoyed by the app. After all, it has become one of the most entertaining learning apps for kids among English-speaking preschoolers already!
There would be certain subtle differences in the games and interactive fun elements present in the German edition of Story Time, from the ones present in the English version. The mobile app experts had put in identical games and in-app activities in the French storybooks, and many of these features had not found much favor among children in that country. Taking a cue from that experience, Teknowledge had organized a two-month email survey to prospective buyers in Germany - in a bid to find out the details about the video games and consoles popular among the toddlers there. Apart from the coloring games (which are pretty much general), the new version of the popular mobile application for children would be coming with games and activities that German preschoolers would easily be able to relate to.
Keen to avoid any probable backlash regarding software bugs, detailed mobile app testing has been done for Story Time in German. On the cloud network as well as among focus groups, the operability and navigation features of the German storybooks have been tested. There had been some initial problems in the audio features in the beta version - but that's been effectively fixed now, as a company spokesperson affirmed.
The German version of Story Time for Kids would be available for downloading on all compatible iOS devices, and most Android handsets. Considering the popularity of the English version of the app in other European countries, the translated version is expected to be a big hit too. German kids would finally get to enjoy one of the coolest fun-meets-educational app in their native language.