Alexa’s latest celebrity voices are Shaq and Melissa McCarthy

Shaquille O’Neal and Melissa McCarthy are the latest celebrities to cast their voices for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the company has announced. These two voices can provide weather reports, jokes, and personal stories when asked with the words “Hello Melissa” or “Hello Shaq”. Both voices cost $ 4.99 separately and are now available in the United States.

Amazon launched its celebrity Alexa Voice initiative With Samuel L.Jackson in 2019, and says that this Alexa audio skill was the best-selling digital purchase on on the day it launched. In 2020 the company followed by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. None of these celebrities replace Alexa’s default voice, but provide answers to specific requests.

If you want a new Alexa voice for all of your requests, Amazon says it will also release a new voice option that you can enable with the “Alexa, change your voice” command. Separately, there’s also a new wake-up call for “Ziggy” if you’re tired of the existing selection (which currently includes Alexa, Computer, Echo and Amazon).

To introduce both celebrity voices, you can ask Alex for an introduction. The commands “Alexa, Meet Me Shaq” or “Alexa, Meet Me Melissa” should do the trick. Alternatively, you can enable it manually each skill Through the Amazon website.

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