Alexa to support Spanish in the United States this year

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  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

Alexa will soon speak Spanish in the United States too. — AFP Relaxnews

While Alexa can only understand and speak Spanish in Mexico and Spain right now, later this year, all Alexa-compatible devices in the United States will support the language and, as of April 29, United States-located Spanish speakers can create Alexa skills in their native tongue.

In a blog post April 29, Amazon made two big Alexa announcements for the North American Spanish-speaking community: developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit to create Spanish-commanded skills, and full Spanish language support will roll out to all devices – Echo or third-party – compatible with Alexa later this year.

On April 29, the Alexa Skill Kit was given a new Spanish for United States voice model. Skills that developers create will now be available to testers participating in Amazon's Alexa Preview program, and when full language support rolls out to the United States later this year, to everyone with an Alexa-equipped device.

According to the company, "Developers do not need experience in voice recognition or natural language understanding to develop a skill; Alexa is responsible for listening, understanding and processing the client's request so that developers only have to focus on the design of the skill."

Hardware manufacturers that want to incorporate the upcoming Spanish-speaking Alexa into their products can request to access the invitation-only Alexa Voice Service.

In addition to rolling out to Echo devices this year, third-party devices by companies like Facebook, Bose, and Honeywell that support Alexa will also gain Spanish compatibility. – AFP Relaxnews

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