Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

  • Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

Amazon Polly enables developers to provide their applications with an enhanced visual experience such as speech-synchronized facial animation or karaoke-style word highlighting.

The free voices are provided through Poly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service. For example, in an adventure story or game, developers can give distinct voices to different characters.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory. This means that depending on the developer's preference, they can choose to use a different voice from the default Alexa voice to use when users are interacting with their skill.

It should be noted that developers can already add multiple voices to their skills, but it's a more complex process that involves recording a voice as an audio file.

Amazon began a push for the use of Alexa in the workplace past year, launching its Alexa for Business service at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Re:Invent partner and user conference in Las Vegas. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards.

But all this has been eased with Amazon Polly, which can determine the differences within various homographs and offers natural-sounding voices. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills.

Alexa can also be selected as the default voice assistant app on the smartphone but only on devices running Android 5.0 and above.