You Can Now Choose How Fast Alexa Talks On Your Amazon Echo Devices

Posted: Aug 8 2019, 4:15am CDT | by , in Technology News


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You can now choose how fast Alexa talks on your Amazon Echo devices
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Customers can now adjust the speed of Alexa’s speech.

The latest update to Amazon’s virtual assistant will allow customers to choose from seven speeds – Alexa's standard speaking rate, four faster speaking rates and two slower speaking rates.

To adjust the talking speeds on any Alexa-enabled device, customers can simply say "Alexa, speak slower," or "Alexa, speak faster." To reset Alexa's speaking rate, just say, "Alexa, speak at your default rate."

Amazon is touting the feature as something that helps with accessibility. Sarah Caplener, head of Alexa for Everyone, said the slower speeds are for hard of hearing and older customers while the faster speeds are for customers who are blind or low vision because they are used to consuming audio content and want to be able to listen more quickly.

"We’re thrilled to introduce this feature to help customers further personalize their interactions with Alexa, and adapt the experience to best fit their individual needs,” Caplener said.

The latest update is an addition to Alexa’s existing features for customers with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility and speech. On Echo devices with screens, customers with hearing impairments can enable Alexa Captions to read what Alexa says. Meanwhile, Tap to Alexa on Echo Show enables requests to Alexa via touch without needing to use your voice.

From starting your day to keeping your afternoon on track to winding down your evening, Alexa offers features such as entertainment, communication, productivity, smart home, shopping, news information and skills to make your lives easier and more fun.

With Alexa, customers can use the power of their voice for everyday tasks like shopping, setting timers and alarms, listening to music, and controlling smart home devices.

Alexa-enabled devices include the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot Kids, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot and Echo Input, Echo Auto, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick and Fire Tablet.

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