Amazon Alexa developers get eight new voices

Amazon Alexa developers get eight new voices

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2018

United States investment bank Morgan Stanley is sharing information, including market insights, with customers via the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. 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. By tapping on the "assist app" under Assist &Voice Input, you can select Alexa as the default voice assistant app. For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games. The text-to-speech service today is capable of things like whispering, speech marks, using a timbre effect, and dynamic range compression - all which make the voices sound more natural. Just like with Siri and Google Assistant, Android smartphone users will be able to talk to Alexa using the Alexa app on their smartphones.

It's all part of Amazon Polly, which was created for Alexa developers back in 2017. Alexa can fetch information on the weather, nearby restaurants, movies, music and more.

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

"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.

The bank has introduced three Alexa skills that enable customers to use voice commands to access information such as trading insights or ideas and content from the bank.

Amazon announced a developer preview for adding eight Amazon Polly voices to Alexa skills.

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