Amazon Alexa developers get eight new voices

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The free voices are provided through Poly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service. 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. Obvious use cases would be adding multiple "characters" to Skill-based games and experiences. Visit the Amazon Polly product page for more information.

Polly can speak in around 50 voices total in 24 languages, but only these eight are human sounding enough for the developer preview, which is for Skills in the US.

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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Along with HP, Acer and Asus debuted personal computers that are created to work with Alexa during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) that was held earlier this year in Las Vegas as part of a push by Amazon to spread its voice assistant to more third-party devices.

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. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills.

The eight voices will be in US English and will give devs who use them a chance to liven up their Alexa skills.

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