Amazon Alexa developers get eight new voices

17 May, 2018, 14:47 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • You can now make Amazon Alexa as default voice assistant on your Android phone

For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games.

Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company's Alexa voice-activated digital assistant.

Amazon has released a new developer preview that essentially lets Alexa skill developers add a new voice to their skills.

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Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing developers to create apps that talk - or some other speech-enabled product. For developers with skills that use only one voice, changing it or adding another in the right place may offer a more engaging experience for customers, according to the post. The text-to-speech service today is capable of things like whispering, speech marks, using a timbre effect, and dynamic range compression - all which make the voices sound more natural. You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every utterance in your skill if you like.

Some of the voices include: Ivy, a female voice that speaks in mannerisms akin to U.S. English speakers; Hans, a male voice that speaks in German; and Naja, a female voice that speaks Danish. This means that depending on the developer's preference, they can choose to use a different voice from the default Alexa voice to use when users are interacting with their skill.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory.

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