Amazon adds Hindi to the Alexa Skills Kit


Customers of Amazon’s voice assistant will quickly have the ability to discuss to Alexa in Hindi. Amazon announced today that it has added a Hindi voice mannequin to its Alexa Abilities Package for builders. Alexa builders may also update their existing published skills in India for Hindi.

Amazon first revealed that it might add fluent Hindi to Alexa final month during its re: MARS machine learning and artificial intelligence conference. Earlier than, Alexa was solely capable of perceive just a few Hinglish (a portmanteau of Hindi and English) instructions. Rohit Prasad, vice chairman and head scientist for Alexa, informed Indian information company IANS that including Hindi to Alexa posed a “contextual, cultural as well as content-related challenge” due to the wide range of dialects, accents and slang utilized in India.

Together with English, Hindi is certainly one of India’s official languages (Google Voice Assistant additionally provides Hindi help). According to Citi Research, Amazon holds a few 30 % market share, about the identical as its important competitor, Walmart-backed Flipkart.


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