The Amazon Echo just got a lot smarter

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Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa gets a cool new trick this week - the ability to recognize your voice. Amazon sees uses for voice-activated devices in every room of the home, as well as in cars and hotels.

From today, users can set up voice recognition on Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show.

Amazon tells us that the voice recognition feature will extend across the entire range of Alexa devices, as well as numerous third-party Alexa devices not made by Amazon. You'll have to repeat ten sentences over to train Alexa that it's your voice.

To get started, head on over to the Alexa app and select the "Your Voice" option.

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In April, Google Home rolled out the same feature, which enabled the device to recognise different people's voices and tailor a response for each person in the household.

The good news for Alexa users is that if this was a feature you were hoping for, you'll be pleased to learn that Amazon has recently started to roll out customized voice detection for Alexa-powered devices. Now, six months later, Alexa evens the score.

A spokesperson tells The Verge voice recognition will work for calling and messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan with more features to come. Additional voice recognition use cases are on the way, Amazon says.

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