Amazon makes Alexa sound more 'professional' and human-like when delivering the news
While Alexa can do everything from setting reminders and running multiple connected tasks with the new Routines feature to powering hands-free Skype calls and even respond to whispered commands in a similarly discreet manner, the way your requests are typically answered might not sound very natural.
But as announced a couple of months back, Amazon has been hard at work on making Alexa feel more human-like, with the newscaster speaking style now enabled in the US. What this does is basically make the voice assistant sound like a professional, real-life newscaster... kind of.
In all honesty, the audio samples provided to demonstrate the before and after differences in Alexa’s intonation are not mind-blowing. The upgrade is obvious, but you’ll still get your news from a robot, which is now slightly more aware of what words and phrases to emphasize rather than reading everything with no noticeable inflection or cadence.
But because odds are this will be merely the first step in achieving a more “natural sounding and higher quality voice” for Alexa, Amazon deserves all the praise in the world. This is a company that gets things done when focusing on a specific, ambitious objective, so we won’t act surprised if Echo users start mistaking Alexa for a flesh and blood personal assistant a couple of years down the line.