Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled a preview allowing developers to use eight Amazon Polly US English voices for their Alexa skills for free, to make the skills more engaging.

Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a natural human voice, according to the post. It will give skills more varied personalities, which should lead to a richer experience - or at least that's the idea.

An Alexa app, pre-installed on the computer will let the users call up the assistant and see any information like weather forecasts, music albums and more on display.

Currently, developers are stuck with Alexa's standard voice for any skill they want to make, but that's all about to change.


But their addition could make some of Alexa's skills more engaging - especially those involving different characters, like an adventure story or game, for example.

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products.

Developers today may already be using multiple voices in their skills, but the process of doing so is more cumbersome and rigid, as with mp3 file uploads. Eight new voices, to be exact.

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