Alexa can now tell the difference between your voice and your roommate's

Herbert Rhodes
October 13, 2017

The fact that the virtual assistant is going to instantly recognize the user's voice will bring a large number of advantages, especially to the Amazon Echo. Alexa is now able to recognize individual voices on all devices linked to an Amazon account.

The Echo Show is powered by Alexa and will play the music you want from services like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio, tell you the what the weather is like, and answer any questions you might have.

Amazon began rolling out the feature to U.S. customers on October 11, but as yet there is no timescale on when the feature will land in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Amazon stated that voice recognition will become smarter in near future. So if you instruct it to call John, it will call your friend, not your roommates. One thing to note here is that "touch-to-talk" devices like the Amazon Tap or Fire TV remote will not support voice profiles. Alexa is now able to recognize your voice for Flash Briefings and automatically skips stories you listened to from your feed. According to the company, 10 given phrases have to be repeated for training the assistant to recognize a particular voice. Then access Account Heading and finally, Your Voice.

Following set up, custom voice profiles should work across other Amazon Echo devices, plus "most" third-party Alexa supported devices.

Sales of voice-activated wireless speakers are set to surge this holiday season as a raft of devices from established and new competitors hit the market, a research firm predicted Thursday. 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.

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