Saturday, July 24, 2021

Amazon Alexa’s New Male Voice: Ziggy

While Apple and Google's AI voice assistants Siri and Google Assistant have male and female voices, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has a feminine voice for years. However, according to reports, the company has begun to roll out a new masculine voice for its AI-based assistant. Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated assistant, now has a male voice for the first time since its inception in 2014 which is named as Ziggy. In addition, a new wake word has been added to provide users more alternatives for invoking the assistant.

Alexa’s New Male Voice

When it revealed the new celebrity voices of Shaq and Melissa McCarthy a few days ago, the company also added the new male voice option. Users, on the other hand, were unaware of it until The Ambient discovered it. Shaquille O'Neal, Samuel L. Jackson, and Melissa McCarthy are among the few famous voices used. However, each of these voices costs $5. These voices can be configured to respond to certain words and questions, such as jokes, alarms, and weather forecasts.

New Wake Word: “Ziggy”

The new word "Ziggy" joins a group of previous wake words including "Computer," "Echo," "Amazon," and, of course, "Alexa." It's worth noting, though, that Ziggy isn't primarily associated with male voices. Instead, users can assign any voice gender and any of the above wake words to the assistant.

Amazon refers to the female and male voice options as "Original" and "New," respectively. Simply say "Change your voice" to the voice assistant. Users will listen to the new voice if it is successful, and if it fails, Alexa will say "sorry."

The device will change its voice to Ziggy after listening to the commands. Users can also change the speaker's voice by going to the Alexa app's Settings menu. Users must ask Alexa to introduce them to the celebrity name in order to use a celebrity voice. It will change to the celebrity's voice, and the cost of the voice will be charged to your Amazon account. If users utilize the Alexa wake word, the usual Alexa voice will still be available.

Now, let's talk about the new male voice and the new wake word. According to sources, they are currently exclusively available in the United States. In the following days, Amazon plans to expand the new voice options to other regions.