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

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San Francisco: With the rising popularity of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, HP Inc's new 34-inch curved all-in-one (AiO) PC is expected to come with the built-in digital assistant app. If your skill uses only a single voice today, changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places may allow you to provide an even more engaging experience.

Those of you who really want Alexa to have different voices will be happy with this latest development.

The free voices are provided through Poly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service.

Amazon Polly can also be used even if you already use multiple voices in your skill through.mp3 files or other techniques, the post noted, as Polly offers more natural-sounding voices and is easy to maintain.

The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers.

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.

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. Alexa can fetch information on the weather, nearby restaurants, movies, music and more. They can pick from a handful of available voices (made possible by Polly, Amazon's text-to-speech service).

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

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