Amazon has confirmed that its Alexa will be understanding Hindi soon as it has expanded the Alexa Skills Kit with a new Hindi voice model. The new addition will enable the developers to start building Alexa skills for users speaking Hindi. Furthermore, Amazon has provided invite-only access to the Alexa Voice Service developer preview to let commercial hardware manufacturers bring Alexa build-in devices for Hindi-speaking customers in India.
Amazon has added the Hindi voice model to the Alexa Skills Kit to bring new skills for Hindi speaking users and developers need to select Hindi (IN) as their language model in Alexa Developer Console. Alexa has been in the Indian market from some time but only supports English or mixture of Hindi and English to communicate. With the Alexa Skills Kit, the developers who do not have the experience with speech recognition or natural language understanding can build their skills for Alexa. Since it comes as a collection of self-service APIs and tools to bring new voice-driven capabilities for the voice assistant.
A step-by-step guide has been provided in the kit to help the developers easily create a new skill in Hindi. Furthermore, technical documentation to understand the nuances in building a skill for the Hindi language model has been released. Apart from releasing the Hindi voice model, Amazon is also hosting a webinar on Hindi skill-building on July 24. It does not stop there as Amazon is all encouraging developers to get started with the latest development by offering them an early bird Alexa merchandise for submitting their Hindi-language skill before the 31st of July.
Amazon also mentioned that companies like Boat, Sony, Dish TV, and MyBox will be soon able to use the Alexa Voice Service to launch their Alexa-enabled devices with Hindi support. It will be an invite-only developer preview to various manufacturers via the AVS Developer Portal. The same was mentioned on the companies blog post. Comment in the section below if you have more queries on the same and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more.