Amazon Alexa can now recognise different voices

Cesar Mills
October 13, 2017

From today, users can set up voice recognition on Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show. Echo users can finally create voice profiles.

The feature should be rolling out in the coming days.

What makes it different than Amazon's Echo smart speakers is that it's equipped with a 7-inch display that can show song lyrics, the weather, and can also be used to make voice calls, among other things.

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Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon.Rick Wilking/ReutersAmazon is making Alexa-enabled devices a little smarter by making them recognise different voices starting October 11. So if you instruct it to call John, it will call your friend, not your roommates. However, Amazon promises voice recognition will be made available to other additional Alexa features sometime in the near future. Alexa is now able to recognize your voice for Flash Briefings and automatically skips stories you listened to from your feed.

When recognizing a registered user's voice, Alexa can deliver personalized results for messages, Alexa-to-Alexa calling, music playback, shopping, and news briefings.

Scroll down to the end of the Accounts section and tap on Your Voice. Moreover, when it comes to news, Alexa will only read those that you haven't heard before. After the training, the voice assistant will instantly recognize them on any device. According to the company, 10 given phrases have to be repeated for training the assistant to recognize a particular voice. It has a huge selection across price ranges, including a low-priced Echo Dot speaker that costs about $35 when on sale, a full-size Echo for $179 and even the Echo Show, which has a screen built-in for video chat.

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