Amazon launches 8 new voices for Alexa Skills


USA investment bank Morgan Stanley is sharing information, including market insights, with customers via the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. For example, in an adventure story or game, developers can give distinct voices to different characters.

Amazon Polly enables developers to provide their applications with an enhanced visual experience such as speech-synchronized facial animation or karaoke-style word highlighting. Now, developers can leverage Polly to add additional natural-sounding voices to their skills. 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.

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

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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. 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 used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

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.