Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Alexa can now distinguish between voices

Alexa can now distinguish between voices

Amazon Alexa has gotten smarter as it can now recognize different voices and personalize its services for multiple users. This update means Alexa will be able to recognize who's speaking and switch accounts seamlessly.

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.

Below is everything Alexa Voice Profiles can do so far. At launch, it is compatible with Shopping, Amazon Music, Alexa to Alexa calling and messaging, and Flash Briefings. Setting the new feature up requires the user to register their voice, and once registered you can sync it with Amazon account preferences. Watch as the display comes alive to show song lyrics, custom stations, curated playlists, and album art with Amazon Music.

Such a feature was long-rumored to be in the works, and now will be available to all Alexa users by the end of the week.

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The training process does have you speak some specific phrases to train Alexa on your voice.

The ultimate feature would of course be if Amazon's camera equipped devices could recognise when you are in the room and offer you notifications and information.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot owners in the UK, Germany, and Austria can now make voice calls and send audio messages to each other. The training data is is stored in the cloud so that Alexa devices purchased in the future can also recognize users. It's definitely an inelegant way to do that and I prefer the way Google Home just shows up for other members of my household since they're connected to the same WiFi and lets them teach their voice. Putting a device on sale is a normal business practice, but the timing of it raises questions.

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