Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant comes to Android smartphones

You can now make Amazon Alexa as default voice assistant on your Android phone

This could make Alexa Skills more engaging. For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games.

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.

Developers today may already be using multiple voices in their skills, but the process of doing so is more cumbersome and rigid, as with mp3 file uploads.

Amazon Polly enables developers to provide their applications with an enhanced visual experience such as speech-synchronized facial animation or karaoke-style word highlighting. Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the "voice name" tag. Just like with Siri and Google Assistant, Android smartphone users will be able to talk to Alexa using the Alexa app on their smartphones.

Polly's voices are far from flawless, of course, but as they see more use, that could change.

More recently, Amazon launched the "Remember This" feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.

The entire idea of a voice masquerading attack is to prolong the interaction time of a running app but without telling the user.

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