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Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Regardless of their quality, though, many users will likely appreciate the added diversity these voices could add to their favorite Alexa skills in the future. This means Skill creators can give various characters in a given Skill different voices, according to Amazon.

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?" Additionally, you can leverage Amazon Polly's API to deliver automated real-time information such as service status, account and billing inquiries, addresses, and contact information.

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Polly's voices are far from ideal, of course, but as they see more use, that could change. Specifically, the company has released a developer preview that will let skill developers choose from a wider range of Alexa voices for use in their projects.

Creating engaging skills can pay off: Developers can make money through Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing or Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills, the post noted. Amazon Polly can generate speech in dozens of languages, making it easy to add speech to applications with a global audience, such as RSS feeds, websites, or videos. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.