Would you be interested in a four-time NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal giving you weather updates? Or you might want to hear Oscar-nominated actor Melissa McCarthy give you some jokes? Well, that is the one of the latest options of Amazon for you. The company recently added new ways to customize Alexa including these two celebrity voices.
Amazon’s Alexa is a virtual assistant AI technology that functions as your personal assistant. You can use this in various devices. Alexa simply makes the user’s life easier by doing music playback, making to-do lists, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, news. Moreover, it has been a fun and interesting experience as well for users as it also gives you jokes, songs, and occasional quirky responses.
Hey, Shaq or Hey, Melissa?
The company initially offered the Amazon customers a more fun experience with Alexa mimicking the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. And it has proven to be a hit as it quickly became the top selling digital purchases upon its launch. It was then priced at a limited price of $0.99 on Amazon.com.
And Amazon is bringing you another exciting voice with the addition of two new iconic celebrity personalities—Melissa McCarthy and Shaquille O’Neal. They are now available in addition to Jackson. Though these exciting new voices come with a price of $4.99 each, you get to hear these personalities instead of the usual Alexa voice.
To have this feature activated, just say, “Alexa, introduce me to Shaq,” or “Alexa, introduce me to Melissa”. From there, just simply say “Hey Melissa” or “Hey Shaq” to hear their voice. Hear Shaq with his rap skills by saying “Hey Shaq, rap for me,” or be entertained with a funny story from Melissa with “Hey Melissa, tell me a story”.
Check Out These Voice Samples!
If you want to have an idea how it might sound, check out the video samples below. The NBA superstar is ready for some action with the new Alexa feature. He added, “It’s on! Shaq is in the house to make your speakers bounce. Boomshakalaka! I’m so excited to be a part of the Alexa experience.”
Award-winning comedy actress expressed her excitement to be part of the Alexa experience. She adds. “That’s right folks, get ready for the vocal stylings of this nasal midwestern gal! I am so excited to join the Alexa family. It’s been such a fun experience working on this project. I hope you all enjoy all my dad jokes! Fun fact—if you hear a slide whistle, it’s my personal one that I brought with me to the recording studio!”
Alexa’s New Voice Option
Not only that, another news for Alexa users is the addition of a new voice option. You can try this by simply commanding Alexa to change her voice. Instead of calling her Alexa, another wake word is also added. That is Ziggy. Together with other already available wake words such as Alexa, Computer, Echo, or Amazon.
All these new options are already available now for U.S. customers.