Since November 2017, Canadian customers have used Alexa devices to stream millions of songs, access thousands of skills, and control their smart homes using their voice. Today, we are excited to announce that we are further expanding Alexa Voice Service (AVS) capabilities by bringing French language Alexa experiences to customers across Canada. Beginning March 21, device makers will be able to access the new Canadian French language models using AVS APIs, adding support for another language to their Alexa built-in products. This launch follows our October 2018 announcement that Alexa is coming to French Canadian customers.
Sonos, Bose, Harman Kardon, Jabra, Logitech, and First Alert have announced they will bring French to Canadian customers in March. With these Alexa built-in products, customers in Canada can ask Alexa to stream millions of songs from Amazon Music and access a variety of skills from major brands, including: Radio-Canada, Air Canada, MétéoMédia, Pages Jaunes, Deezer, Philips Hue, Ring Video Doorbell, LogiCircle, TP-Link, iRobot Home, Wemo, Wink, Sonos, and more.
Alexa Built-in Products Expanding to Canadian French
Sonos: Sonos will offer Canadian French for their Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar.
Bose: Bose will provide Canadian French into a range of wireless devices, including its QuietComfort 35 II headphones, Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700.
Harman Kardon: Harman Kardon will add Canadian French into its premium smart speakers, the Allure and Allure Portable.
Jabra: Jabra will offer Canadian French via its range of advanced wireless headphones and earbuds, including the Elite 65t, Elite Active 65t, and 65e Wireless Headphones.
First Alert: First Alert is adding Canadian French to their Alexa Built-in smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
Logitech: Ultimate Ears is expanding their language selection to include Canadian French on their Alexa Built-in Megablast portable speakers.
Things to Try with Alexa
You can now speak to, and receive responses from, Alexa in Canadian French on supported devices. Try these sample utterances to get started:
Alexa, quel temps fait-il?
Alexa, mets une minuterie de cinq minutes.
Alexa, ajoute du lait à ma liste d'achats.
Ready to launch an Alexa Built-in product in Canadian French?
Get an overview of AVS and start building with the AVS Device SDK now. Learn about AVS multi-language and localization support on our AVS International page.
Source: Alexa Developer Blog