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Category: Amazon Polly

Meet Zhiyu—the first Mandarin Chinese voice for Amazon Polly

Amazon Polly is a fully managed service that turns text into lifelike speech. We’re excited to announce the support for Mandarin Chinese in Amazon Polly. Zhiyu is a clear, bright, and natural-sounding female voice. Let’s hear Zhiyu introduce herself. Click the play button to listen now: Listen now Voiced by Amazon Polly Zhiyu introduces herself in […]

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Announcing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hackathon: Build Intelligent Applications using machine learning APIs and serverless

Amazon Web Services (AWS) brings image and video analysis, natural language processing, speech recognition, text-to-speech, and machine translation within the reach of every developer. With machine learning (ML) services by AWS, you can plug in prebuilt AI functionality into your apps without having to worry about ML models. Thousands of developers have used Amazon ML […]

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Create video subtitles with translation using machine learning

Businesses from around the globe require fast and reliable ways to transcribe an audio or video file, and often in multiple languages.  This audio and video content can range from a news broadcast, call center phone interactions, a job interview, a product demonstration, or even court proceedings.  The traditional process for transcription is both expensive […]

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Twilio offers greater voice selection to customers with Amazon Polly integration

By providing a scalable cloud platform for building communications experiences, Twilio enables developers and businesses to build any customer engagement into their applications using simple and powerful APIs for voice, messaging, and video. Businesses like Morgan Stanley, Marks & Spencer, Netflix, Lyft, Airbnb, and more than 50,000 others are modernizing the way they communicate with […]

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Amazon Polly adds bilingual Indian English/Hindi language support

Amazon Polly is an AWS service that turns text into lifelike speech. We’re excited to announce new Hindi language support and the release of our first bilingual voice. Aditi is a female voice that speaks Hindi and Indian English fluently. Let’s hear Aditi introduce herself in both Indian English and Hindi. Listen to the Hindi […]

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Amazon Polly introduces a new French female voice, Léa

Amazon Polly now offers a choice of a second female French voice, Léa, in addition to the current female voice, Céline. Amazon Polly also has a French male voice, Mathieu. Léa is a warm and natural-sounding voice with Parisian accent. Listen to the spoken introduction from Léa. Listen now Voiced by Amazon Polly With the addition […]

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Use Amazon Translate to create multilingual content on WordPress sites

At the beginning of this year, we launched an Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress with the help of our partner, WP Engine. This plugin enabled creators/bloggers who publish their posts or sites using WordPress to easily add Text-to-Speech capabilities and convert their web content into high-quality audio formats. Since then, we’ve improved the plugin by […]

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Building your personal translator with Amazon Translate and Amazon Polly

The most common challenge we can face when traveling abroad is the language barrier. Whether lost or not, we’ll have to say at least one of these: “Where is the best place to eat and drink?”, “Where is this hotel?”, and “Where is the bathroom?” Now imagine a more difficult scenario: We’re traveling to Spain […]

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New Developer Preview: Use Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Using Amazon Polly you can create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Starting today, you can apply to participate in a developer preview that allows you to use eight English (U.S.) Amazon Polly voices to narrate your Alexa skills.

If your skill uses only a single voice today, you can try changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places to provide an even more engaging experience. Developers in the preview can select a different voice for any utterance by constructing output speech using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the voice tag for free in Alexa skills. Note that SSML tags that are only available through the Amazon Polly service and not through Alexa skills will not be available when you use this new capability.

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