September 25, 2019 / 5:36 PM / 24 days ago

Amazon turns to celebrity voices to bolster use of its virtual assistant Alexa

SEATTLE, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday said actor Samuel L. Jackson and other celebrities will voice speech for the company's virtual assistant Alexa, one of a range of new features designed to attract more users to the service.

The news, along with announcements of more voice-controlled Echo speakers, a multilingual mode for Alexa and an additional privacy feature for deleting voice recordings regularly, underscores the investment the world's largest online retailer is putting into voice-controlled computing, a new area of technology in which it is competing against Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant and Apple Inc's Siri.

Amazon's celebrity voice feature will cost $0.99, Senior Vice President David Limp said at an event in Seattle announcing the news. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in Seattle Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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