You'll soon hear 8 new voices in Amazon Alexa skills

Joanna Estrada
May 17, 2018

If you have an idea for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill, tell us about it via this survey. Obvious use cases would be adding multiple "characters" to Skill-based games and experiences.

On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled a preview allowing developers to use eight Amazon Polly US English voices for their Alexa skills for free, to make the skills more engaging.

Some developers may have added different voices to their Alexa skills via.mp3 files or some other technique, but Amazon says using Polly is simple - a developer can choose a voice using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying the voice using the "voice name" tag.

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 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.

An Alexa app, pre-installed on the computer will let the users call up the assistant and see any information like weather forecasts, music albums and more on display.

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

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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