Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

How to change the Google Assistant voice

How to change the Google Assistant voice

Amazon has started rolling out an app update that will bring Alexa, the voice assistant that powers Amazon's smart speakers, to the Android platform.

Currently, developers are stuck with Alexa's standard voice for any skill they want to make, but that's all about to change. By tapping on the "assist app" under Assist &Voice Input, you can select Alexa as the default voice assistant app.

It should be noted that developers can already add multiple voices to their skills, but it's a more complex process that involves recording a voice as an audio file.

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Developers can apply for the preview today by filling out a survey with ideas for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill. It's unclear when developers will be able to embed eight non-U.S.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory.

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.

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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 will provide more information to those who are selected.

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing developers to create apps that talk - or some other speech-enabled product. They can pick from a handful of available voices (made possible by Polly, Amazon's text-to-speech service).

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