Amazon is laying off “several hundred employees” from its Alexa devision, including in India, amid a renewed focus on artificial intelligence (AI), the media reported on Friday.
Amazon announced on Thursday that Alexa Indian clients can now choose from over 30,000 abilities that top brands and developers are offering.
The Indian Alexa Skills Store features skills across categories including astrology, bollywood, cricket, devotion, entertainment, education, food, housing, and children.
With over 30,000 skills in the ‘Alexa Skills Store’ in India, brands and developers truly understand the opportunity that voice presents.
“Today, over 40 devices with Alexa built-in are available to Indian customers, from multiple brands like Sony, LG, Bose, iBall, Panasonic and boat,” Dilip R.S., Country Manager for Alexa Skills and Voice Services, Amazon India said in a statement.
Amazon announced last month that with the fresh Hindi speech model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), developers can now begin building Alexa skills for clients in India.
The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a set of free, self-service APIs and instruments to generate abilities or capabilities for Alexa quickly and easily for developers.
Besides Hindi, consumers in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other regional languages can react to Alexa’s English claims. Alexa is presently accessible in more than 80 nations and speaks more than 14 different languages.
Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, told IANS recently that the company is working on infusing regional languages capabilities in Alexa for the Indian market but these are early days.
Right now, some Hinglish commands can be understood by Alexa but these are few and far between. Amazon also announced on September 18-19 in New Delhi “Alexa VOXCON,” India’s first conference dedicated to all things voice.
Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between.
Amazon also announced “Alexa VOXCON”, company’s first conference in India dedicated to all things voice — in New Delhi on September 18-19.
(With inputs from IANS)