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Amazon adds voice recognition to Alexa

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon has added a new voice recognition feature to its Alexa smart assistant. It allows the smart speaker and apps to recognise users from their voice, and personalise information to them. It comes just days after Google, which already has a similar feature in its Assistant, launched a raft of devices in its bid to topple Amazon in the personal AI war. Amazon's new Echo (£89.99 / $99) has six'shells' users can swap to customise its appearance. The next generation speaker, which is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, will have a dedicated woofer and a tweeter for the first time, as well as Dolby sound.


You can send texts via Alexa but only on Android phones

Daily Mail - Science & tech

So much for needing your phone to send text messages. Thanks to a new software update, you can now use Alexa to deliver SMS text messages to any phone. There are some caveats, however. It only works for Alexa users in the US with an Android device that also have the Alexa app installed on their phone. You also can't use the feature to text 911 or participate in group text messages.



Amazon slashes price of new Echo speaker to $100

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon says it is cutting the price of its Echo smart speaker to $100 from $180, improving the sound quality and upgrading its appearance with six new'shells.' The announcement is the first of several Amazon is making at an event for journalists in Seattle. The next generation speaker, which is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, will have a dedicated woofer and a tweeter for the first time, as well as Dolby sound. Amazon's new $99 Echo has six'shells' users can swap to customise its appearance. The next generation speaker, which is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, will have a dedicated woofer and a tweeter for the first time, as well as Dolby sound.