Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

You can now make Amazon Alexa as default voice assistant on your Android phone

Alexa can fetch information on the weather, nearby restaurants, movies, music and more. This means Skill creators can give various characters in a given Skill different voices, according to Amazon.

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing developers to create apps that talk - or some other speech-enabled product. With voice becoming a more popular input, businesses can use Polly to differentiate their offerings on Alexa.

It was already possible to add additional voices to Alexa through MP3 recordings, but this solution is definitely more seamless for developers. Developers can also use multiple voices in a single skill.

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

The idea is to trick the user into opening a malicious app by using voice triggers similar to the ones of authentic apps, and using the malicious apps to either phish users for sensitive data or eavesdrop on their surroundings. Those who are not chosen for the preview will still receive information on using Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills when it is available. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. Amazon Polly can generate speech in dozens of languages, making it easy to add speech to applications with a global audience, such as RSS feeds, websites, or videos. 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.

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