Each Amazon Echo wake phrase that is not Alexa — and what they do

Every Amazon Echo wake word that isn't Alexa -- and what they do

What do you name your Amazon Echo?

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In the event you’re over your TV all the time jumpstarting your Amazon Echo when it says “Alexa,” or another comparable phrase (“Pyrexa?”), there’s excellent news: You may change it. This yr, Amazon has grown its Echo wake phrases by two: Ziggy and most not too long ago, Hey, Disney, which Amazon introduced at its large occasion on Tuesday.

Whereas the 2 latest wake phrases can change your Amazon Echo’s voice, “Hey, Disney” affords much more than only a new method to speak to your good speaker. In truth, it is truly a brand new voice assistant with its personal character — I am going to clarify extra beneath.

Preserve studying to see all the present wake phrases to your Amazon Echo, in addition to completely different personas it may possibly have. And whenever you’re prepared to alter what you name your good speaker, simply say, “Alexa, change my wake phrase.”

The latest addition: Hey, Disney

Hey, Disney is a brand new voice assistant (just like the superstar voice choices beneath) that unlocks interactive leisure with Disney characters, together with from Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. It will include video games, bedtime tales, jokes and sing-alongs which can be Disney-themed.

It is not a alternative for Alexa and wake phrases alike. For instance, Hey, Disney cannot management your good residence gadgets or add issues to your procuring checklist. However it may possibly let you know the time, climate and set alarms, amongst different issues, in several Disney character voices. 

It will be accessible subsequent yr to purchase as an add-on to your Echo speaker. Friends on the Walt Disney World Resort will even have entry to Hey, Disney subsequent yr.

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Added earlier this year: Ziggy

Ziggy, announced in July, came with the option to have a deep-sounding voice for your Amazon Echo. It has all the same features as Alexa, and can actually still be called Alexa, Echo, Amazon or Computer. You can even change the name of your smart speaker to Ziggy without changing the voice.

The originals: Echo, Amazon, Computer

Over the years, you may have interchanged your smart speaker’s wake word with the other three options: Echo, Amazon and Computer. These names react in the exact same way as the Alexa wake word, but make it harder to accidentally wake up your Echo device.

In the past, I compared each of these wake words to see which activated the least amount of times to false wake words, and Computer won. Although in another test, I’d imagine Ziggy would be hard to beat.

Celebrity voice options work a bit differently

While there are celebrity voice options you can buy as an add-on to your Echo speaker, they don’t come equipped with all of the Alexa features. Aside from Disney characters, your smart speaker can sound like Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy and Shaquille O’Neal, with customized responses.

Again, you’re limited to what you can ask the celebrity options and you still have to ask Alexa to ask those celebrities questions. For example, you might say something like “Alexa, enable Melissa” to get started, or “Alexa, ask Samuel to give me advice.”

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What about Hi, Verizon?

If you were hoping to call your Amazon Echo speaker ‘Verizon,’ you won’t be able to at this time. That option is limited to those who purchase the Verizon Smart Display, an Alexa-powered device that was announced in July. The device will also power up to ‘Alexa,’ and CNET Senior Editor Eli Blumenthal notes that it’s not yet clear what saying “Hi, Verizon” will do besides show you your bill.

For more information, here’s everything Amazon announced at its event. Also, here’s how to buy all the products Amazon showed.

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