Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices

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

If you're bored of always hearing the same Alexa voice regardless of what skill you're using, this is likely the update you've been waiting for.

The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers.

Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa gets eight new voices that developers can use in Skills.

Now developers can already choose to use different voices by uploading their own audio files, but according to Amazon, the use of their Polly voice is better due to its being more natural-sounding.

This means that developers can now customize voice apps using eight unique voices other than that of Alexa.




Polly's voices are far from flawless, of course, but as they see more use, that could change. Obvious use cases would be adding multiple "characters" to Skill-based games and experiences.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website.

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

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services. Additionally, you can leverage Amazon Polly's API to deliver automated real-time information such as service status, account and billing inquiries, addresses, and contact information.

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