To get started, head on over to the Alexa app and select the "Your Voice" option. Starting today, the company will finally start rolling out customized voice detection.
A new update, available today, enables the ability for Alexa-powered speakers to recognize different voices and adjust its interactions accordingly, just like Home. The search engine giant cited poor app implementation on Amazon's part and a "broken user experience" as their primary motivations behind the move but with the company reportedly developing their own Show competitor (codenamed "Manhattan"), there could be more to the story.
One of the biggest pain points with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is that it can't differentiate peoples voices. Alexa will automatically choose the right library when you ask her to play music or play a station.
It's the latest development in the back-and-forth battle between Alexa and the Google Assistant, each one working to one-up the other with new features as they fight to earn a place in your home. Now, six months later, Alexa evens the score.
A spokesperson tells The Verge voice recognition will work for calling and messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan with more features to come.
When shopping, voice recognition will make it easier to make secure purchases. With voice recognition, however, that code can be bypassed, with Alexa only placing the order if she recognizes the person making it. Additional voice recognition use cases are on the way, Amazon says.