Alexa gains eight new voices - but they're for developers for now

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For instance, if coders were to create interactive audio stories for Alexa, they could use the new voices to represent different characters, Amazon said. This new capability can help you enrich your skill's experience, making it more engaging for customers. The text-to-speech service today is capable of things like whispering, speech marks, using a timbre effect, and dynamic range compression - all which make the voices sound more natural.

The drivers are mass market smart security products from Nest, Hive and Netgear, which are building out their ecosystems with partnerships and acquisitions, such as the recent acquisition of Ring by Amazon.

"Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the "voice name" tag", the post stated.

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.

Apart from this, Amazon has also introduced Alexa Voice Shortcut Widget, that allows users to have access to Alexa at the tap of an icon. Even if you are not selected for the preview, we'll let you know when more information about using Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills is available. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills.

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