Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hola! Spanish is Coming to Amazon Alexa Devices


Amazon has done an amazing job with their continuing evolution of the Alexa system.  More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold and that number continues to climb.  I know in the Flucke household they are sprinkled around the domicile…  I even went so far as to hot wire an Echo Dot into my Tahoe a while back.

One of the great things about Alexa is the constant development from both Amazon and 3rd party developers who continue to create newer and better “Alexa Skills”.  On Monday, Amazon announced that Alexa will now be speaking Spanish before the end of the year.  

The announcement was made on the Amazon Alexa developer blog.  Here is part of the announcement:

We are excited to announce that developers can start building skills for Spanish-speaking customers in the US using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) with the new Spanish for US voice model. Skills that developers create now and are certified for publication will be available for participants in the Alexa Preview program, and to all customers when Alexa launches in the US with Spanish language support later this year. Commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for Spanish-speaking customers in the US can request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview. Along with the Echo family of devices, later this year Bose, Facebook, and Sony will bring Alexa Built-in devices and Philips, TP Link, and Honeywell Home will bring Works with Alexa devices that support Spanish in the US.

We are pleased to announce that as of today it is possible to offer skills for Spanish-speaking Alexa clients in the United States using the Spanish voice model for the United States. From this moment, the skills that the developers believe and that are certified for the publication will be available for the participants in the Alexa Preview program and for all the clients when Alexa launches the Spanish support for its clients in the United States, later this year. . Commercial hardware manufacturers that want to develop products with integrated Alexa (Alexa Built-in) for Spanish-speaking customers in the United States, can request advance access to the preview for developers of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), only by invitation. Later this year, along with the Echo family of devices, brands such as Bose, Facebook and Sony will bring the devices ' Alexa Built-in ' and Philips, TP Link and Honeywell Home will bring ' Works with Alexa ' devices that support Spanish in the United States .

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