Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant comes to Android smartphones

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Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company's Alexa voice-activated digital assistant. So, for example, they can give a different voice to each character in an adventure story or in a game skill.

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. Amazon Polly makes it easy to request an additional stream of metadata with information about when particular sentences, words and sounds are being pronounced.

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. You can cache and replay Amazon Polly's speech output to prompt callers through interactive voice response (IVR) systems, such as Amazon Connect. Those who are not chosen for the preview will still receive information on using Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills when it is available.

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.

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.

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

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