The digital assistant Alexa has a new name option – Ziggy – and another, masculine-sounding voice to one or the other pair with “Ziggy” or not. You’re allowed to mix – and remix – those options however you want, since there are independent settings for voice and wake word (and one isn’t connected to the other).
Alexa previously had a few other, er, “names” (on the off chance that you can call them that): Your Echo gadget could as of now to respond to “Amazon,” “Echo,” or “Computer,” as well as “Alexa.” “Ziggy” is the first name to show up as an alternative other than “Alexa.”
Some have assumed “Ziggy” signals a “masculine” name. As far as it’s reminiscent of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona – an alien androgyne from the future, shipped off help Earth.
Oh, boy, is that not by any means the only theory. Ziggy is likewise the name of the computer in Quantum Leap, in which characters are referred to all through the series using masculine pronouns. At the point when this fictional Ziggy was at long last given a voice, nonetheless, it was – look at this – voiced by a woman.
If all else fails, ask. Alexa will advise you, um, themself: “As an AI, I don’t have a gender.”
Presently, before everyone gets tweetstorm about the three celebrity voice options you can pay to put on your Amazon Echo gadget – Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy, and Shaquille O’Neal – indeed, they’re gendered (because they’re living people). Notwithstanding, those add-ons don’t supplant all that Alexa says (changing to the new voice, in any case, does). Maybe, those celebrities loaned their voices to only a few select responses – like weather, timers, and some goofy, personality-specific questions.
Regardless of whether you think a masculine-sounding voice and Ziggy are a quantum leap forward in gender equitability – or you’re very into cha-cha-cha-changes – here’s the way to swap voices and wake words on your Amazon Echo speaker or display.
How to switch your Echo’s wake word to ‘Ziggy’
The “wake word” is the name you say so anyone can hear to bring Amazon’s digital voice assistant. The means are similar whether you need to transform it to “Ziggy” or any of the different options. There’s a simple way – say, “Alexa [or whatever your current wake word is], change your wake word” and afterward react to one of the decisions Alexa gives you. Then, at that point there’s the most difficult way possible:
- Open the Alexa application, then, at that point tap Devices on the bottom menu bar, tap Echo and Alexa at the top, then, at that point tap the name of the gadget whose wake word you need to change.
- Tap the Settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner, then, at that point scroll down and tap Wake Word, then, at that point tap the one you’d like to use.
- A popup will warn you it might require a few minutes to take effect – tap OK.
How to switch your Echo’s voice (with any wake word)
Actually like with a wake word, there’s a simple way – “Alexa, change your voice.” Your Echo gadget will affirm utilizing the new voice. If changes to the masculine-sounding voice, you’ll be advised how to change the wake word too. Then, at that point there’s the most difficult way possible:
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 from above, however rather than Wake Word, tap Alexa’s Voice.
- Pick between Original (feminine-sounding) and New (masculine-sounding), then, at that point essentially back out of that setting.
There you have it – you actually have relatively few alternatives (Google Assistant, for example, has a few voices to browse, albeit just a single possible wake word), yet you have more now than ever before.