Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

You'll soon hear 8 new voices in Amazon Alexa skills

You'll soon hear 8 new voices in Amazon Alexa skills

Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character with the launch of eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of the Amazon Polly service. This new capability can help you enrich your skill's experience, making it more engaging for customers.

An Alexa app, pre-installed on the computer will let the users call up the assistant and see any information like weather forecasts, music albums and more on display. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.

Currently, developers are stuck with Alexa's standard voice for any skill they want to make, but that's all about to change.

Creating engaging skills can pay off: Developers can make money through Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing or Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills, the post noted.

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While the speech engine today supports a couple dozen languages, only the U.S. English voices are being offered to Alexa developers at this time.

If you already use multiple voices in your skill via using.mp3 files or another technique, consider Amazon Polly for its natural-sounding voices and ease of maintenance.

Developers can apply for the preview today by filling out a survey with ideas for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill.

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