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

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

The preview will give developers access to eight different voices via Polly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service that uses deep learning to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.

Amazon is rolling out a new update to the Alexa app that will enable users to set Alexa as their default voice assistant on Android devices. Before this, developers were only able to add voices to their skills by uploading an MP3 file or by creating a custom audio track, which was quite painstaking. Visit the Amazon Polly product page for more information.

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The idea is to trick the user into opening a malicious app by using voice triggers similar to the ones of authentic apps, and using the malicious apps to either phish users for sensitive data or eavesdrop on their surroundings. You can cache and replay Amazon Polly's speech output to prompt callers through interactive voice response (IVR) systems, such as Amazon Connect.

At the event, Vogels said: "We've been thinking if voice is the natural way to interact in your home and home automation, why don't we build something you can use at work as well?" Amazon Polly can generate speech in dozens of languages, making it easy to add speech to applications with a global audience, such as RSS feeds, websites, or videos. They can pick from a handful of available voices (made possible by Polly, Amazon's text-to-speech service).


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