Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa gets support for voice recognition

Before now, Amazon Echo couldn't distinguish one voice from the other, in which case homes with multiple users won't be able to get customized experiences, based on voice recognition. Amazon on Wednesday started rolling out customized voice detection to Echo devices, with the ability to recognize multiple voices.

Amazon has just matched one of Google Home's killer-feature in the roll out of Echo’s voice recognition support.

The Echo's voice recognition feature is compatible with Flash Briefings, shopping, Amazon Music’s family plan and Alexa to Alexa calling.

That means the update will allow the voice assistant to recognize voices in order to route requests: such as Calls/messages, allow access to shopping without a confirmation code, play Flash briefings and access Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan based on the individual concerned.

The update is about now rolling out to the Alexa app, so if you want to set up your own voice profile, you'll need to go through the Amazon app.

While on the app, go to your account settings and tap voice, then tap on your profile name. If you want to place calls or send messages to your contacts, you'll have to give the app permission to upload those contacts to the Amazon service, and you'll need to say some phrases out loud.

The company claims it will “get smarter” as more people use it, and promises adding more functionality in the future.
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