Amazon supplies Alexa and Echo devices to Spain and Italy, months after it announced support for Spanish and Italian languages…
Amazon supplies Alexa and Echo devices to Spain and Italy, months after it announced support for Spanish and Italian languages for its digital voice assistant. You can now pre-order devices like Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Sub in Italy and Spain. They start delivering next week, says the company.
Amazon was likely to wait until Alexa supported these countries’ languages before selling the units there, as it has in other international markets. In addition to language support, the echo devices in Italy and Spain also receive cultural-specific updates to better reflect the countries in which they are. For example, by collaborating with local brands, Amazon made its Echo devices that could suggest local news articles and regional prescriptions to try to cook at home.
Amazon has pulled out its rollout to other countries, making extensions a few and far from. France, for example, has just received the units this summer. The slow stimulation may be because it only takes time to teach a voice assistant a new language. At present, Alexa can only speak and understand English, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese. The bulk of its growth has been in English-speaking countries.
In the process of learning more languages, Apple’s Siri packet supports 20 languages, while Google Assistant speaks 16, and Microsoft’s Cortana speaks over seven. Google claim at the end of this year, its assistant will be able to support over 30 languages.
Meanwhile, voice assistants in China are running back because most of companies like Baidu and Xiaomi can only speak and interpret Mandarin Chinese, and not even other dialects of Chinese, which underlines how difficult it may be to train an AI on several complicated languages.