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

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

Makers of Amazon Alexa skills are to get access to eight new voices to beef up their apps.

But their addition could make some of Alexa's skills more engaging - especially those involving different characters, like an adventure story or game, for example.

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. Just like with Siri and Google Assistant, Android smartphone users will be able to talk to Alexa using the Alexa app on their smartphones. Visit the Amazon Polly product page for more information.

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




"Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the "voice name" tag", the post stated.

Amazon Polly was first introduced at Amazon's re:Invent developer event in November 2016, and has been steadily ramping up its capabilities in the time since.

If you're using Google's new routines, then the Google Assistant might be one of the most common voices in your day-to-day life. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. Even if you are not selected for the preview, we'll let you know when more information about using Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills is available. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills.


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