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Amazon to Add New ‘Offline Voice Recognition’ Feature to Alexa; to be First Available on THESE Devices

As per the company Amazon, the feature will first be available on the 4th-generation Echo and the Echo Show 10.

Published: September 29, 2021 5:36 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Sumaila Zaman

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San Francisco: Amazon Alexa has announced a slew of new connected devices and with those come to some new Alexa features, including the new privacy feature. Soon, United States customers can choose to have all of their voice commands processed on their Alexa devices, as reported by Engadget.

The new feature means that the audio clips won’t be sent to the cloud and they’ll be automatically deleted after the Alexa device processes them, the report added. The online retailer has received much scrutiny over the years when it comes to the privacy implications of its smart speakers and displays.

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Back in 2019, Amazon added a toggle that let users opt-out of having their voice recordings and message transcripts “manually reviewed,” and before that, the company added an option to delete the entire voice history with one command. This new feature builds on that, but it seemingly will only work with the latest Echo devices with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor.

As per the company Amazon, the feature will first be available on the 4th-generation Echo and the Echo Show 10. Later, it will be launched on more devices in the future. Most other new Alexa features are only available on Amazon’s smart displays, like the new Echo Show 15. First, Sling TV will be coming to all Echo Show devices soon, adding to the already lengthy list of streaming services accessible from Amazon’s displays.

Second, Echo devices with cameras will be able to use Visual ID, a feature that lets Alexa recognize you when you’re in the camera’s field of view. By knowing who’s in front of the camera, the device’s display can then present personalised information like calendar alerts and TV show preferences.

It’s important to note that Visual ID is something you have to enroll in — not an automatic feature — and you can delete your Visual ID at any time. The company Amazon is also revamping Care Hub that will connect caregivers and their loved ones using the Alexa app and compatible devices, into a new subscription service called Alexa Together.

This essentially lets caregivers check in on others remotely and set up things like alerts, emergency contact information and more. It includes features such as Urgent Response that gives you access to a professional emergency helpline, and Remote Assist, which lets caregivers do things like set reminders, link music services and more to make things easier for their loved ones.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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