Since its launch in November 2014, Alexa – Amazon’s voice assistant – has only had a female voice. However, Amazon will now offer a male voice for the first time. According to a report from The Verge, Amazon is introducing a new trigger word called Ziggy. Ziggy It is a male voice and users will still be able to choose the Alexa voice. Until now, Amazon had trigger words like Computer, Echo, and Amazon, but the voice was the same as Alexa’s.
The report further says that users will have the option to switch between the two voice options: New or Original. They can also ask Alexa to change their voice.
Users will need to configure the new voice on their Alexa devices, as it will not be an automatic change. To get the new voice, users will have to say “Alexa, change your voice” and the digital assistant will change gender. Users will also have the option to change the voice by heading to the Settings menu of the Alexa app.
Amazon has been a bit late to bring this change, as both Google and Apple offer multiple voice options for their assistants: Siri and Google Assistant. The company has made it clear that Alexa is not “a person with a physical body or gender identity” and that “Amazon does not allow organizations (eg skills or AVS) to refer to Alexa as her.”
From now on, the male voice option of Alexa, or Ziggy, will be available in the US However, it is expected to reach other countries as well.