Alexa will be able to speak Spanish in the US later this year, Amazon said in a blog post on Monday. The company launched a new voice model so developers can build for Spanish-speaking users in the US using the Alexa Skills Kit.
In addition to the voice model, Amazon plans to have full Spanish language support for Alexa devices at some point in 2019. Amazon's digital assistant was already available in Spanish in Mexico and Spain.
Developers in the US can request early access through the invite-only Alexa Voice Service developer preview, according to Amazon.
"Along with the Bose, Facebook, and Sony will bring Alexa Built-in devices and Philips, TP Link, and Honeywell Home will bring Works with Alexa devices that support Spanish in the US," Amazon said in the post., later this year
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Amazon didn't immediately respond to request for additional comment.
Originally published April 30, 6:42 a.m. PT.
Update, 1:25 p.m. PT: Adds that Alexa was already available in Spanish in Mexico and Spain.