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Amazon's AI assistant will soon be able to speak more than just English in the U.S.


The internet giant has launched a new program that will allow U.S. developers to build skills for Spanish-speaking users.


In doing so, it will allow Amazon to build a more robust experience for Alexa users when it launches full Spanish-language support later this year.
'We're excited to announce that now developers can start building skills for Spanish-speaking customers in the US using the Alexa Skills Kit with the new Spanish for US voice model,' the company wrote in a blog post on Monday.

'Skills that developers create now and are certified for publication will be available for participants in the Alexa Preview program, and to all customers when Alexa launches in the US with Spanish language support later this year.'

It comes as tech rivals have been racing to make their voice assistants multilingual.

Currently, Google Assistant leads its competitors in the number of languages its supports. 

Assistant can now converse in more than 30 languages in over 80 countries, including French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese and Urdu.

The company added support for Spanish to Assistant last summer. 

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