This doesn't appear to be a localized issue, as complaints are now streaming in at an alarming pace on Down Detector, where thousands of users are having trouble with their Echos and Echo Dots. Context and a more sophisticated take on culture will make the assistant useful in real-time moments, as Yahoo reported based on several unnamed sources close to the project.
Alexa would have an understanding of the Japanese culture, which is generally more formal and conservative than American culture and would incorporate its knowledge into translations.
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Yahoo found that Alexa could soon help a native English speaker attending a meeting with Japanese business partners understand what those people are saying in Japanese. "Alexa, what do I say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan?" However, this only works for short sentences and words.
People using Amazon's smart-assistant Alexa on Friday, either through an app or one of Amazon's many Echo devices, are finding that the typically attentive assistant isn't working as it normally does. Or will the company shoehorn the Alexa into more smartphones as the de facto smart assistant?
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Alexa's super translation abilities would mean the Amazon product would head out into the world with users - not just stay at home on a counter waiting to turn on lights and play music while you cook dinner. In 2017, Google boasted that the Pixel Buds ($159 ) were able to perform accurate real-time translation on the go, but the feature was not well received.
While it is unclear what is happening with Alexa, hopefully the service will get bakc up and running again.
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