HP's new 'all-in-one' PC to come pre-installed with Alexa

You can now make Amazon Alexa as default voice assistant on your Android phone

You can now make Amazon Alexa as default voice assistant on your Android phone

USA investment bank Morgan Stanley is sharing information, including market insights, with customers via the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

They can even ditch Alexa' voice altogether and use Polly's voices for every utterance in their skills. With voice becoming a more popular input, businesses can use Polly to differentiate their offerings on Alexa. Developers may want to use the preview to give different voices to characters in games and stories, for example.

Along with HP, Acer and Asus debuted personal computers that are created to work with Alexa during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) that was held earlier this year in Las Vegas as part of a push by Amazon to spread its voice assistant to more third-party devices. Just like with Siri and Google Assistant, Android smartphone users will be able to talk to Alexa using the Alexa app on their smartphones.


Polly's voices are far from ideal, of course, but as they see more use, that could change.

These voices were made possible with new tech that uses raw audio files to simulate voices, rather than recorded snippets of human conversations - this means a more natural speech pattern, and less of those stuttered and unnatural voices you might be used to with other virtual assistants. Alexa can fetch information on the weather, nearby restaurants, movies, music and more. Chiefly, it's the text-to-speech service which helps create the scripts for Alexa skills. We'll select a subset of the skills that apply, and will provide more information to those selected.

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