Alexa’s newest movie star voices are Shaq and Melissa McCarthy

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Shaquille O’Neal and Melissa McCarthy are the newest celebrities to lend their voices to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the corporate has introduced. The 2 voices can present climate experiences, jokes, and private tales when requested utilizing the wake phrases “Hey Melissa” or “Hey Shaq.” Each voices price $4.99 individually, and are rolling out within the US now.

Amazon kicked off its movie star Alexa voices initiative with Samuel L. Jackson in 2019, and says this Alexa voice ability was the highest promoting digital buy on the day it was launched. In 2020, the corporate adopted up with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. None of those celebrities substitute Alexa’s default voice, however as an alternative provide responses to particular requests.

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