Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills courtesy of Amazon Polly		
		
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San Francisco: With the rising popularity of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, HP Inc's new 34-inch curved all-in-one (AiO) PC is expected to come with the built-in digital assistant app.

They can even ditch Alexa' voice altogether and use Polly's voices for every utterance in their skills. By tapping on the "assist app" under Assist &Voice Input, you can select Alexa as the default voice assistant app. Developers may want to use the preview to give different voices to characters in games and stories, for example. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. It's unclear when developers will be able to embed eight non-U.S.

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.

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Regardless of their quality, though, many users will likely appreciate the added diversity these voices could add to their favorite Alexa skills in the future.

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. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. They can pick from a handful of available voices (made possible by Polly, Amazon's text-to-speech service). Now, developers can leverage Polly to add additional natural-sounding voices to their skills.

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