Alexa gains eight new voices - but they're for developers for now

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For example, in an adventure story or game, developers can give distinct voices to different characters.

Adding new voices into a skill can make it more interesting for customers to use, according to an Amazon blog post.

With the rising popularity of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, HP Inc's new 34-inch curved all-in-one (AiO) PC is expected to come with the built-in digital assistant app.

If you already use multiple voices in your skill via using.mp3 files or another technique, consider Amazon Polly for its natural-sounding voices and ease of maintenance.

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The move comes thanks to Amazon Polly text-to-search service, which the company is opening to developers as a part of the preview program. Polly uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesise speech that sounds like a human voice.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory.

They can even ditch Alexa' voice altogether and use Polly's voices for every utterance in their skills. Additionally, you can leverage Amazon Polly's API to deliver automated real-time information such as service status, account and billing inquiries, addresses, and contact information. Amazon Polly can generate speech in dozens of languages, making it easy to add speech to applications with a global audience, such as RSS feeds, websites, or videos.

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