Amazon’s Alexa gets a new longform speaking style

With more natural-sounding pauses, the style is intended for longer-form content like podcasts

Amazon is introducing a new speaking style for Alexa and adding some speaking styles for other AI voices, the company said today.

The longform speaking style is available for US developers who want a reading voice that sounds more natural when reading long pieces of content, like articles or podcasts.

Amazon says the longform style is “powered by a deep-learning text-to-speech model,” and allows Alexa-voiced devices to speak with more natural conversational pauses.

It follows last year’s release of new speaking styles for news and music content and a November update that allows Alexa to seem “disappointed” or “excited.”

Here’s the usual “neutral” Alexa speaking style.

Here’s Alexa speaking in longform style.

Amazon also is adding its news and conver