In what could be good news for Indians, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to understand Hindi. Amazon Alexa users will be able to start speaking with Amazon's voice assistant in Hindi. Amazon finally allows developers to make use of a Hindi voice model to develop new skills for its voice assistant Alexa.
"We’re excited to announce that developers can start building Alexa skills for customers in India using the new Hindi voice model on the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)," Alexa said in its official blog post.
It's been almost two years since Indians have been using Alexa-enabled devices to access thousands of voice experiments or skills, Alexa noted in its blog post. Developers will soon be able to submit Hindi-based skills for certification. Additionally, Alexa will be open to requests from commercial hardware manufacturers looking to build Alexa Built-in products for Hindi customers for early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.
Furthermore, Alexa encourages developers to create news skils for Alexa with the Alexa Skills Kit. Interestingly, developers don’t need experience with speech recognition or natural language understanding to build a skill for Alexa. Meanwhile, folks over at Amazon Alexa explains how to create or update Alexa skills for Hindi.
Previously, Bloomberg reported Amazon workers can listen to (at least some of) what you have to say to Alexa. This way, Amazon trains its speech recognition and natural language understanding systems.
Last month, Amazon said it's trying to improve Alexa's privacy with all-new Alexa Privacy Hub, which lets users delete Alexa recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices, using simple voice commands. All you need to do is fo to Amazon app to delete Alexa recordings one by one. Alternatively, you can also through the Amazon website to delete all your recordings at once.
Addressing privacy concerns, Amazon also offers a camera shutter to cover the camera on Echo devices when not in use. However, you can still talk to Alexa with the camera shutter off.