Amazon Alexa devices can finally tell voices apart


If you're in the market for a smart speaker, your two biggest choices lie with Amazon's Echo line and Google's Home devices.

To get started, head on over to the Alexa app and select the "Your Voice" option.

This mystery device will supposedly include numerous same features the Show already has (including YouTube playback) while also acting as a smart home hub for various smart home devices.

With this new feature, any Alexa-powered device will now be able to provide specific information to users based on who's talking to it.

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The Alexa voice recognition is rolling out from today, though you'll need to do a little more to get it working than just wait for your Echo to be silently upgraded. Once you've trained Alexa, she'll store your voice recognition info in the cloud, which means that it'll automatically apply to any other Alexa devices you purchase in the future. Getting started is similar to setting up Google Assistant or Siri on a phone.

In addition to Flash Briefing, Alexa's ability to distinguish different voices will also creep into shopping, Amazon Music (family plan only), and Alexa to Alexa calling.

When shopping, voice recognition will make it easier to make secure purchases. After that, voice profiles will work with several different features. With voice recognition, however, that code can be bypassed, with Alexa only placing the order if she recognizes the person making it.