Amazon finally gives Alexa a masculine-sounding voice

heroine I have quietly added a masculine-sounding voice Alexa.

The feminine speech of the voice assistant is in contrast to its competitors from both Google and Apple, which each offer the option to choose different voices. This has raised concerns over the gender implications of offering voice assistants only with a feminine-voiced voice.

Now the company has finally added a manly voice called “Ziggy”. The change came in the midst of a more loudly announced change that included voices like Shaquille O’Neill, and was first noticed environment.

Users can switch to the new voice in their Echo device by saying “change your voice”. It doesn’t appear to be saved to a user’s account, but rather is linked to each individual Echo, which means it needs to be turned into a home.

It can also be set with the help of Alexa app.

In addition to the new voice, users can also wake up the assistant by saying the existing and most pronounced “Alexa” and the words “Ziggy” along with “computer”, “amazon” and “echo”. The new wakeword is not explicitly associated with the new sound, but has come at the same time.

In fact, Amazon refers to two different voices in its app as “original” and “new.” Google and Apple both use generic and non-gendered names for the new sounds, with Apple using numbers and Google referring to them by colors.

Amazon has long discouraged the use of “he” or “her” in relation to Alexa, and the voice assistant has refused to give itself a gender, although its supporting documents still use female pronouns. .

change comes soon Apple announces it will stop defaulting to “male” or “female” voice for Siri, a decision it said was taken as part of concerns that choosing the gender of users’ voices could be a problem for inclusion.

The company said at the time, “It is Apple’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the continuity of products and services that are designed to better reflect the diversity of the world.”

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