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Amazon says Alexa will soon speak to you in Hindi

By: Ajaay Srinivasan, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : June 07, 2019 2:39 pm

Amazon has disclosed its willingness to add more regional languages to its voice assistant, the first of which could be none other than Hindi. According to Amazon, the development of integrating Hindi to Alexa is still a work in progress.
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Back in April Amazon starred offering Prime Music for free for Alexa powered speakers and now in an effort to increase the adaptability of its voice assistant, the company is working on introducing more regional language capabilities to Alexa. 

 

Amazon has disclosed its willingness to add more regional languages to its voice assistant, the first of which could be none other than Hindi. According to Amazon, the development of integrating Hindi to Alexa is still a work in progress. The company acknowledges that Alexa is capable of understanding Hinglish commands at the moment but adopting Hindi entirely is an uphill task. 

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The online e-commerce retailer says making Alexa understand Hindi is relatively easier but problems arise when the same language has other dialects and accents to which Alexa would need to understand and respond accurately. 

 

For getting this done, Amazon will have to make Alexa more conversational with Hindi speakers through more machine learning capabilities. The company also plans to introduce support for other Indian regional languages including Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada and Gujarati. 

 

Amazon Alexa is currently available in over 80 countries with support for 14 languages. 

 

In related news, Amazon recently launched the Echo Show 5 smart display with Alexa support and HD Camera for a price of Rs 8,999. There’s a 5.5-inch touchscreen with Dual-band Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth as well as a 1MP HD camera for video calling. 

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