Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Amazon launches 8 new voices for Alexa Skills

Amazon launches 8 new voices for Alexa Skills

With Amazon Polly, your contact centers can engage customers with natural sounding voices.

The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers.

Makers of Amazon Alexa skills are to get access to eight new voices to beef up their apps.

Developers today may already be using multiple voices in their skills, but the process of doing so is more cumbersome and rigid, as with mp3 file uploads. For example, in an adventure story or game, developers can give distinct voices to different characters. For developers with skills that use only one voice, changing it or adding another in the right place may offer a more engaging experience for customers, according to the post.

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Amazon is giving this choice to developers through their Polly text-to-speech service.

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.

The idea is to trick the user into opening a malicious app by using voice triggers similar to the ones of authentic apps, and using the malicious apps to either phish users for sensitive data or eavesdrop on their surroundings.

Below are two videos demonstrating a voice squatting attack on an Amazon Alexa and Google Home device. You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every utterance in your skill if you like.

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