(AMZN) is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'sGoogle if it would help improve customers' experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, Bloomberg reported citing an executive working on the platform.
Recently, Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker (the company's first Echo with a screen) had its built-in YouTube app removed by Google. Voice profiles can be made with the Alexa app and any Amazon Echo device.
The ultimate feature would of course be if Amazon's camera equipped devices could recognise when you are in the room and offer you notifications and information.
A single Alexa account can support up to 10 unique voices, the spokesperson said. You'll have to repeat ten sentences over to train Alexa that it's your voice. Despite this, Alexa is just now learning how to tell different voices apart from one another.
To get started, head on over to the Alexa app and select the "Your Voice" option.
Google Home had voice recognition capabilities in April, so Amazon's announcement marks the latest move between the companies to meet or top each other's voice assistant. "Today the feature is available for calling/messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, and it'll be rolling out to additional Alexa features in the future". For instance, if I tell Alexa simply to "play music", she'll start playing songs based on my preferences.