Alexa built-in is a category of devices created with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) that have a microphone and speaker. You can talk to these products directly with the wake word “Alexa,” and receive voice responses and content instantly. Alexa built-in products work with Alexa skills and Alexa-compatible smart home devices, bringing familiar capabilities from the Amazon Echo family of devices to a range of new form factors and use cases developed by leading brands.
Alexa now supports voice interactions in Hindi; US Spanish is coming soon. Starting early October, we are also enabling Multilingual Mode, which allows Alexa to switch between two languages. Alexa will automatically understand the language from user-spoken utterances and respond in the same language. Ask for the weather in Spanish, and Alexa will reply in Spanish. Multilingual Mode will be available in three pairs: English and Spanish in the US, Indian English and Hindi in India, and Canadian English and French in Canada.
Starting Oct 8th, we are expanding Alexa Voice Service capabilities by bringing the Portuguese language to customers across Brazil. Customers can ask Alexa for the weather, get new food recipes, control smart home devices, listen to music, hear the news, and more – hands-free. Device makers can now access the new Brazilian Portuguese language models using AVS APIs, adding support for another language to their Alexa Built-in products.
With expanded AMA features and solutions, it is now even easier for device makers to bring delightful Alexa experiences to headphones, earbuds, headsets, and other Bluetooth devices. New features include location-aware responses, and access to more music services. New solutions include a new development kit from Knowles, and two new turnkey headphone and earbud solutions from My Music Group.
Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is making Announcements available for certified Alexa built-in products to implement and new ones that pass the provided self-tests and certification. Alexa Announcements enables customers to make and receive one-way announcements to and from compatible Alexa built-in devices in their household.
AVS offers language and region-specific services to developers, enabling localized Alexa experiences for customers.
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