Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

For instance, if coders were to create interactive audio stories for Alexa, they could use the new voices to represent different characters, Amazon said.

The free voices are provided through Poly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service.

Adding new voices into a skill can make it more interesting for customers to use, according to an Amazon blog post. With voice becoming a more popular input, businesses can use Polly to differentiate their offerings on Alexa.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory. "It's as easy as that".

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If you have an idea for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill, tell us about it via this survey.

Way back in January 2017 at CES 2017 BMW and Nissan announced that the companies would be bringing Microsoft's Cortana to your vehicle as part of its Connected auto vision. Amazon will provide more information to those who are selected.

While the speech engine today supports a couple dozen languages, only the U.S. English voices are being offered to Alexa developers at this time. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills.

Polly's voices are far from flawless, of course, but as they see more use, that could change.

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