Starting today, developers can have Alexa respond with either a happy/excited or a disappointed/empathetic tone in the US. Emotional responses are particularly relevant to skills in the gaming and sports categories. Additionally, Alexa can respond in a speaking style that is more suited for a specific type of content, starting with news and music. For example, the news speaking style makes Alexa sound like a TV news anchor or radio host.
Early customer feedback indicates that overall satisfaction with the voice experience increased by 30% when Alexa responded with emotions. While conducting 'blind listening' tests, the news style was perceived to be 31% more natural than Alexa’s standard voice and the music style was perceived to be 84% more natural.
Developers can learn more about how Alexa Emotions and Speaking Styles by clicking here.
Take a listen to the new voice styles below. We've also shared some deals on Alexa devices for this holiday weekend!
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● Fire TV Stick 4K With Alexa - $24.99 (50% off)
● All-New FireTV Cube With Alexa - $89.99 (25% off)
● Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - $34.99 (30% off)
● Echo Show 8 - $99.99 (23% off)
● Echo Show 5 - $79.99 (11% off)