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Amazon gives Alexa a recent name – Ziggy

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Amazon has launched a recent wake word for its Echo devices within the UK.

“Ziggy” is the fifth wake word option for Echo devices along with “Alexa”, “Amazon”, “Computer” and “Echo”. 

Customers can change the wake word of their Echo device customers via the Alexa app or the Settings screen on Echo Show devices, and all wake words options may be used with either the male or female voice options for Alexa.

“We’re continually searching for ways to supply our customers more selections so that they can personalise their Alexa experience,” said Dennis Stansbury, the Alexa UK country manager for Amazon.

“The wake word may be very vital as Alexa devices are specially designed to only detect the user’s chosen wake word.  Our devices detect wake words by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word, so loads of consideration goes into the choice.  We selected ‘Ziggy’ not only since it performed well in testing, but since it’s fun and reflects Alexa’s wealth of data on all the pieces from A to Z.   As an aside, I’m a self-confessed David Bowie fan, so I’m having fun with saying ‘Ziggy, play Ziggy’ and ‘Ziggy, play guitar’ to my Echo device.”

The ‘Ziggy’ voice was first revealed in July this 12 months, when it was spotted that Amazon had added a more masculine-sounding voice to its speakers.

The voices aren’t saved across a users’ account but as a substitute be related to each individual Echo, meaning that it’ll must be modified across a house.

The brand new wakeword was not explicitly related to the brand new voice, but arrived at the identical time. Within the app, Amazon referred to the 2 different voices as “Original” and “Recent”.

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