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JBL Refreshes its Audio Line-up in India: Report

Both the devices would be available at www.JBL.com and retail stores, including 350 Samsung brand stores, starting Friday

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JBL E45 Wireless Headphones.

Audio equipment maker JBL by HARMAN, owned by South Korean tech major Samsung Electronics, on Thursday introduced its Endurance PEAK headphones for Rs 12,599 in India.

The company also unveiled its sweat proof JBL Endurance RUNBT in the country for Rs 3,199.

“The new Endurance PEAK and RUNBT are specifically crafted to ensure a non stop dose of JBL signature sound in a compact and sporty design. Consumers with an active lifestyle are constantly looking for high quality wireless headphones and these two products are specially made to help in intense workouts and training sessions,” Pradeep Chaudhry, Country Manager, HARMAN India, said in a statement.

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018 (Representational image). Pixabay

The audio equipment major announced extending its partnership with Olympic medallist and badminton ace PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador until 2020.

She was roped in to endorse the company’s range of sports earphones in India last year.

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“This range is perfect for sports and music lovers who don’t want to miss out on their favourite tunes while training,” Sindhu said.

Both the devices would be available at www.JBL.com and retail stores, including 350 Samsung brand stores, starting Friday. (IANS)

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Developers Can Now Start Building Hindi Skills for Alexa in India

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018 (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon on Tuesday announced that developers can now start building Alexa skills for customers in India with the new Hindi voice model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers would get a headstart and submit skills for certification as the company prepare to offer engaging experiences for Alexa users in one of the most spoken languages in the country, the company said in a statement.

Commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for Hindi-speaking customers in India can request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create skills, or capabilities, for Alexa.

Amazon last year launched a new category of skill called “Cleo” that enables customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other languages. The idea was to improve Alexa’s language model and help her gradually speak in local languages.

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The lawsuit alleges Amazon of saving ‘voice prints’ of millions of children by unlawfully recording their conversations around Alexa-enabled smart devices. Pixabay

Apart from Hindi, users can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other regional languages.

Alexa is currently available in over 80 countries and speaks more than 14 language variants.

One can sign up for the first webinar on Hindi skill building scheduled on July 24. Developers in India who have their Hindi-language skill certified for publication in India before July 31 would receive exclusive early bird Alexa merchandise.

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Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, told IANS recently that the company is working on infusing regional languages capabilities in Alexa for the Indian market but these are early days.

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between. (IANS)