Amazon is going to let third-party developers use Alexa’s voice recognition feature for personalising apps on Echo speakers. The company made the announcement at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas recently, according to a report by TechCrunch. Amazon first added the ability to recognise people by their voices to Echo devices back in October.
While adding voice recognition brought Amazon up to speed with the Google Home earlier, allowing third-party developers to use the feature takes it a step ahead.
The Seattle-based behemoth and the largest Internet retailer in the world measured by market capitalisation and revenue has been using the feature on its own skills, like news updates, shopping lists, Amazon Music and more. Now, developers will be able to create voice-based profiles on their apps.
Amazon said the ability will be added from early 2018 onwards. While adding voice recognition brought Amazon up to speed with the Google Home earlier, allowing third-party developers to use the feature takes it a step ahead.
Further, Amazon is also adding Alexa notifications to Echo speakers for more skills now. The feature was in private beta since September and was first announced earlier this year. But Alexa notifications seem to be ready for mainstream use now. This would be an opt-in feature, meaning users will have to enable it manually. Apparently, saying “Alexa, what did I miss?” will give you all the notifications.