Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

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This allows developers to create speech-enabled products, and apps that talk to users. The point of having access to multiple Alexa voices is so developers can build skills (apps) in which users interact with a variety of voices instead of just one. If your skill uses only a single voice today, changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places may allow you to provide an even more engaging experience. So, for example, they can give a different voice to each character in an adventure story or in a game skill.

Now developers can already choose to use different voices by uploading their own audio files, but according to Amazon, the use of their Polly voice is better due to its being more natural-sounding.

Amazon Polly was first introduced at Amazon's re:Invent developer event in November 2016, and has been steadily ramping up its capabilities in the time since.


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.

It's all part of Amazon Polly, which was created for Alexa developers back in 2017. You can cache and replay Amazon Polly's speech output to prompt callers through interactive voice response (IVR) systems, such as Amazon Connect.

If you have an idea for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill, tell us about it via this survey.

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