Amazon's Alexa gains the ability to identify people from their voices

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"Today the feature is available for calling/messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, and it'll be rolling out to additional Alexa features in the future". From there, your voice is stored in the cloud, meaning it will apply to all your Alexa enabled devices.

To teach Alexa your voice, you need to have the latest app version (even then, Artem isn't seeing it yet, so it could be a slow rollout), and head over to Settings - Accounts - Your Voice, tap on your profile name, and then Begin.

Similar to Google Home, which got voice recognition capability in April, now Alexa can also be used to set up multiple user accounts. The new feature started to roll out yesterday.

Around 11% or so of USA consumers own an Amazon Echo or Google Home, making the percentages relatively small but the numbers high. Over on the Amazon careers website, you can now apply for the position of data specialist, to join the dedicated Amazon Echo team right here in Cambridge.




In addition, users who have set a voice confirmation code for shopping, now no longer have to say the code as Alexa already recognizes the voice linked to that account. The interesting thing to note here is that this process is a one-time thing and the voice profiles work across all other Echo devices and "most" third-party Alexa-powered devices.

You set it up through the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android device.

Now you will be shown 10 phrases to read outloud, so that Alexa can learn your voice.

It should be noted that some people are very concerned about privacy with this sort of voice assistant because what you say is recorded and sent out to servers to be analyzed.

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