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


This new capability can help you enrich your skill's experience, making it more engaging for customers. So, for example, they can give a different voice to each character in an adventure story or in a game skill. Now, developers can leverage Polly to add additional natural-sounding voices to their skills.

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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. 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. "It's as easy as that". The point of having access to multiple Alexa voices is so developers can build skills (apps) in which users interact with a variety of voices instead of just one.

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Amazon began a push for the use of Alexa in the workplace a year ago, 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.

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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. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.