Amazon has invited developers to participate in a “developer preview” that will allow them to use as many as 8 ‘Amazon Polly’ US English voices for utterances in their Alexa apps. And, it’s for free.
Amazon Sumerian lets anyone create VR/AR applications. You don’t need specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise to get started. You can create, edit, & publish applications with a Web browser using the Sumerian editor.
Amazon’s announced the general availability in the US for in-skill purchasing, which allows the creator of an Alexa skill to sell Content to an Alexa user–both one-off purchases & monthly or yearly subscriptions.
With this capability, Alexa can remember any information for the user so that the user will never forget.
Almost on the lines of Facebook Lite, this one is for those markets where access to mobile data & high-speed connectivity is limited.
On your voice command, it will send an SMS to an Android phone (for now) if the person you are trying to reach does not have an Alexa device.
This is different from the process so far, which was using the Alexa app for merely managing settings for the smart speaker & so on.
The host of machine learning-based services are aimed at making it easy for customers to embed intelligent capabilities in their applications.
Reports: CNBC, TechCrunch
Something’s happening between Google & Amazon, & something’s not right. Google has reportedly decided against the Amazon Echo Show to access YouTube. If you ask the smart speaker to show you a YouTube video, it fails, with Alexa simply saying: Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show. Go, figure.
Reports: BBC News, Seeking Alpha, CNBC, 9to5Google
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