Amazon today appear a developer examination for Alexa that brings eight new free voices to Skills. It’s not quite the vocal check that Google Assistant is getting, but it’s a start.

Here’s the deal: Alexa’s accepting two more voices than Google Assistant, but these won’t alter the one you’re used to audition – nor are any of them voiced by John Legend.

The new developer examination allows programmers to accommodate voices from Amazon’s Polly, a text-to-speech platform, into Alexa Skills – add-on utilities which accommodate games, entertainment, and new abilities. It won’t change the voice you hear when you say “Alexa, what time is it?” however, which is a bit of a letdown.

Why you should care: This gives developers the adeptness to use altered voices after having to upload MP3 files or create custom audio tracks. And making it easier to add assortment to Skills is good for anybody who uses them.

According to a aggregation blog post:

Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a altered voice for any announcement by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and allegorical an Amazon Polly voice using the “voice name” tag. It’s as easy as that. You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every announcement in your skill if you like.

If a developer wants to create a Skill where, for example, two characters have a chat (like a female-sounding voice cogent a knock-knock joke to a appearance with a male-sounding voice) they’ll now be able to do so after any added work.

The affiliation is free. Developers absorbed in the examination can follow this link for more information. Consumers absorbed in acquirements more about Alexa Skills can either visit Amazon’s page or ask their Alexa device to tell them about Skills.

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