Thursday in CE: Amazon Adds Voice Recognition to Alexa Skillset

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The new feature is now rolling out for the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices, but eventually, all users of Alexa-enabled devices (including those made by third-parties) should be able to take advantage of this new ability.

Around 11% or so of US consumers own an Amazon Echo or Google Home, making the percentages relatively small but the numbers high. The feature is being rolled out to the original Echo as well as the Echo Dot and Echo Show speakers.

Amazon had a head start on AI-powered home speakers compared to other players like Google.

The new feature means both Amazon Alexa and Google Home can cater to the needs of different people within a household - e.g. when one person asks for their calendar to be amended, the device will recognise the specific voice and go to their specific calendar, ensuring mix-ups are minimised. So if you instruct it to call John, it will call your friend, not your roommates.

At launch, support for multiple voice detection will work with shopping, Amazon Music, Flash Briefings, and Alexa-to-Alexa calling.

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Tap begin, then pick the device you want to teach from the drop-down menu.

The company explains that your data will be stored in the cloud, so it can be easily accessed to work across the Echo devices and nearly all third-party Alexa enabled devices. Over on the Amazon careers website, you can now apply for the position of data specialist, to join the dedicated Amazon Echo team right here in Cambridge.

Now you will be shown 10 phrases to read outloud, so that Alexa can learn your voice.

They can be used to answer questions, such as a query about the weather today and tomorrow, for commerce, such as voice ordering a coffee from Starbucks, or to control other smart home devices.

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