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.
With the general availability of the Alexa Smart Screen SDK, it is now easy for device makers to build products for television experiences that complement Alexa voice responses with rich visuals. Device makers can now quickly bring feature-rich and differentiated TVs and set-top boxes to market.
We’re excited to announce AVS Integration for AWS IoT Core, providing device makers a cost-effective way to create Alexa Built-in products. AVS for IoT Core lowers the cost and complexity of integrating Alexa voice capabilities into your product by offloading memory and compute intensive tasks to the cloud, while providing enhanced device security, management, and analytics using AWS IoT Core.
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.
AVS offers language and region-specific services to developers, enabling localized Alexa experiences for customers.
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