Amazon launched a new skill for Alexa this week that will allow any of the company’s Echo products to recognize individual voices. It’s a convenient new skill for family’s the share Alexa and a way to keep your speaker from being “hijacked” by jokester visitors.
The company posted a setup tutorial video to its website this week. According to the video, the setup involves reading aloud 10 phrases that come together to create a voice profile. Once complete, Amazon said the voice profile will be recognized by Alexa across the entire Echo line and most third-party devices that come with Alexa.
Handling multiple accounts has always been a possibility with Alexa, but in order to switch accounts, you would have to actually go into the Alexa app and manually switch over. This update means Alexa will be able to recognize who’s speaking and switch accounts seamlessly.
The update also brings Amazon up to speed with Google Home speakers and Google Assistant.
One of the biggest features that Google has touted recently is voice recognition. Google Home speakers received an update in April that brought the technology to consumers. The company’s new additions to the Home line of speakers (the Mini and the Max) ship with the functionality as well.
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