Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

Amazon Alexa now recognizes your voice

The Alexa voice recognition is rolling out from today, though you'll need to do a little more to get it working than just wait for your Echo to be silently upgraded.

If you're in the market for a smart speaker, your two biggest choices lie with Amazon's Echo line and Google's Home devices. You'll have to repeat ten sentences over to train Alexa that it's your voice.

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To set up your own voice profile, you'll need to go through the Amazon app. Once created, personalized results can be delivered through any Alexa-enabled device, including third-party ones that use the Alexa Voice Service. Prior to the introduction of voice profiles, voice training in the Alexa app simply taught the AI assistant to improve recognition.

When Google Home launched, Amazon's Alexa platform had a massive headstart in several areas. Now, six months later, Alexa evens the score.

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CNET writes, "as of today, Alexa will begin to use voice recognition to personally tailor calls and messages, flash briefings, shopping, and music playback via the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan". Users can already keep their kids from going on voice-activated shopping sprees by locking all purchases unless you give a code number. Following setup, your speaker will be able to tell your voice apart from others, your spouse or child for example.

The feature is one of the spots where Amazon has been playing catch up with Google, in spite of its multi-year head start.

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