Amazon’s Alexa gets new voices like Google Assistant (kinda)


Amazon today announced a developer preview for Alexa that brings eight new free voices to Skills. It’s not quite the vocal overhaul that Google Assistant is getting, nevertheless it’s a begin.

Right here’s the deal: Alexa’s getting two extra voices than Google Assistant, however these gained’t exchange the one you’re used to listening to – nor are any of them voiced by John Legend.

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The brand new developer preview permits programmers to combine voices from Amazon’s Polly, a text-to-speech platform, into Alexa Skills – add-on utilities which embrace video games, leisure, and new talents. It gained’t change the voice you hear once you say “Alexa, what time is it?” nevertheless, which is a little bit of a letdown.

Why you must care: This offers builders the power to make use of totally different voices with out having to add MP3 recordsdata or create customized audio tracks. And making it simpler so as to add range to Expertise is sweet for everybody who makes use of them.

In response to an organization blog post:

Utilizing Amazon Polly, you’ll be able to select a unique voice for any utterance by utilizing the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice utilizing the “voice identify” tag. It’s as simple as that. You may even use an Amazon Polly voice for each utterance in your ability should you like.

If a developer needs to create a Ability the place, for instance, two characters have a dialog (like a female-sounding voice telling a knock-knock joke to a personality with a male-sounding voice) they’ll now find a way to take action with none extra work.

The combination is free. Builders within the preview can comply with this link for extra data. Customers keen on studying extra about Alexa Expertise can both go to Amazon’s page or ask their Alexa gadget to inform them about Expertise.

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