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Amazon's cloud outage causes major headaches for companies

Amazon's very own smart voice assistant may receive an important update soon as the top e-commerce website is believed to be thinking of making Alexa able to translate from one language to another.

"The cross-culture, cross-language piece is going to be big for Amazon and Alexa, and it has a lot of potential", an anonymous source told Yahoo Finance.

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As of 2:21pm ET, Amazon had reported that the Direct Connect issue "has been resolved and the service is operating normally". It aims to make Alexa a context-savvy language translator and the report claims that the Alexa group at the company is "seriously exploring" ways to make Alexa more useful across different languages and cultures.

For example, if a user from the U.S.is only capable of speaking English but he is at an event in Japan, Alexa will be able to help that user hold a conversation in Japanese. It would ideally have an understanding of Japanese culture as well and would incorporate that knowledge into its translations.

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Amazon appears to be ambitious when it comes to Alexa.

Wondering why your Alexa is working for you? To a small degree, Alexa already does this-it's capable of translating basic words and phrases into Spanish, German, French, and Italian.

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Amazon is not the only major tech company that seeks to beef up the translation capabilities of its products. Samsung's Bixby voice assistant on its Galaxy phones is already capable of basic translations, while Bragi also created wireless earphones a year ago that featured real-time translation. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant.


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