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

Katie Ramirez
May 17, 2018

Take this survey to apply to participate in the developer preview, where you can help us refine the feature. For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games.

The drivers are mass market smart security products from Nest, Hive and Netgear, which are building out their ecosystems with partnerships and acquisitions, such as the recent acquisition of Ring by Amazon. 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. "It's as easy as that".

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It's all part of Amazon Polly, which was created for Alexa developers back in 2017.

Polly will let skill developers choose from eight different English voices and a wide variety of non-English voices. "You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every utterance in your skill if you like". Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. An Alexa Skills Kit comprises tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), code samples and documentation to enable developers to add skills to the 10,000-plus voice recognition capabilities already available on Alexa. With Alexa of course already in more than 20% of USA households it seems likely automakers will see this as a bigger selling point than the rarely used Cortana service.

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