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VoiceFirstWeekly automated podcast and custom voices for assistants - Issue #2

This week in VoiceFirstWeekly we prepare to launch our Alexa flash briefing skill next week. We also
VoiceFirstWeekly automated podcast and custom voices for assistants - Issue #2
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #2 • View online
This week in VoiceFirstWeekly we prepare to launch our Alexa flash briefing skill next week. We also submitted our podcast to iTunes, completely auto generated from the posts on our site through Amazon Polly. Google and Amazon roll out 6 and 8 custom voices for their assistants. 

Highlights
23 Percent of Moms Own Smart Speakers, Up 283% Since Early 2017
Amazon's Alexa gets new voices like Google Assistant (kinda)
Amazon Alexa
Help! My Son Confuses Me With Amazon's Alexa
One of the things that we are more excited about in VoiceFirst Weekly is the adoption of voice assistants by kids, elders and everything in between. The friction to entrance to users is so low. 
Amazon's Alexa can now learn your voice automatically | VentureBeat
Factors affecting Voice User Experience: Voice Recognition
Google Assistant
Investing in startups and the future of the Google Assistant
Google is launching a program for early stage startups in the digital assistants ecosystem. Investments, advice from Google engineers, access to Google cloud platform are between the main benefits listed by the Google team.
How to drive retention and remind users about your voice skills
Miscellaneous
One of the main questions in voice ecosystem today is retention of users in voice applications. The advice from voicestrategist: create habit use cases.
The REAL reasons why voice will be HUGE for brands
Vux world gives an interesting take behind the real reasons why voice will be huge for brands. Hint: low friction, speed and accessibility.
What you need to hear
What podcast you need to hear today to know more about conversational design and #VoiceFirst landscape? We made a list:
  • ThisWeekInVoice and everything in VoiceFirstFM. Great discussions about the different assistants. 
  • Vux.world Good interviews by the people that are starting to shape the industry.
  • AlexaInCanada. Alexa skills centered for anyone who wants to tinker around.  
Developers:
What you need to know, where you need to be.
Watch Alexa videos on Twitch
Join Alexa slack channel

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