The Amazon Echo just got a lot smarter


The Amazon Echo just got a lot smarter

Voice profiles will replace Alexa voice training. Long-rumored to be in the works, Amazon is beginning to roll the feature out today, and expects it to be available to all Alexa users by the end of the week.

If you're in the market for a smart speaker, your two biggest choices lie with Amazon's Echo line and Google's Home devices. With voice recognition, however, that code can be bypassed, with Alexa only placing the order if she recognizes the person making it.

Via the Amazon Alexa app housemates can now set up voice recognition using the Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show.

In April, Google announced it was bringing individual profiles to its Google Home speaker thanks to its ability to discern individual voices. Now, six months later, Alexa evens the score.

At launch, personalized results will be available for shopping with Amazon, news flash briefings, Amazon Music Unlimited account holders, and calls and messages. Alexa will automatically choose the right library when you ask her to play music or play a station. Users can already keep their kids from going on voice-activated shopping sprees by locking all purchases unless you give a code number. About a year later, though, I think it's safe to say Google has turned the tables. Despite this, Alexa is just now learning how to tell different voices apart from one another. The company also claims it will "get smarter", the more people use it.