Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

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.

Google Assistant is finding her (or his) voice.

Competition: Google recently announced six new voices for its Assistant including singer John Legend.

These voices were made possible with new tech that uses raw audio files to simulate voices, rather than recorded snippets of human conversations - this means a more natural speech pattern, and less of those stuttered and unnatural voices you might be used to with other virtual assistants. The voices are only available in U.S. English, and include a mix of both male and female, according to Amazon Polly's website.

Now click on "preferences", and in the next screen you'll see a choice for "Assistant voice". Check out our easy guide.

Now Alexa's voice apps don't have to sound like Alexa. To check it out head into your Home app, then under the hamburger menu go into "more settings" and scroll down to the bottom.

Selection of voices for Google Assistant.

Getting started is much the same as on an Android device.

In a somewhat similar practice to the way that "Routines" that appeared in the Google Assistant settings within the Home app a couple of months ago (and which have now disappeared) the "Reminder" settings are now appearing in the settings of the Home app. You can preview each voice by clicking on the little speaker icon on the right hand side. It will even swap the voice for each account connected to the speaker.

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