It got quite a lot of attention, not just because of the inane usefulness, but because it represented a major leg up on the Amazon Echo and Alexa.
The solution, for these mostly blind devices, has been voice recognition, first seen on the Google Home, and today available on Amazon'sEcho range of smart speakers. With voice recognition, however, that code can be bypassed, with Alexa only placing the order if she recognizes the person making it.
Starting today, you'll be able to train Alexa to recognize your voice.
At launch, personalized results will be available for shopping with Amazon, news flash briefings, Amazon Music Unlimited account holders, and calls and messages. Amazon says that it plans on expanding this functionality to additional services as time goes on, and along with this, Alexa should get better at telling people apart as you use the feature more.
Amazon tells us that the voice recognition feature will extend across the entire range of Alexa devices, as well as numerous third-party Alexa devices not made by Amazon.
When shopping, voice recognition will make it easier to make secure purchases.
The feature is one of the spots where Amazon has been playing catch up with Google, in spite of its multi-year head start. The functionality has remained one of the most-requested for Alexa, with users' eagerness only fueled by Google adding support for voice recognition to its Google Home several months ago.
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