June 2017 Skill Developer Rewards

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:07

Amazon regularly gives rewards that can be claimed by skill developers when they publish a skill.

For US skill developers June will be a very special month. Thins months reward is actually an Echo Dot. This is an absolute amazing reward and is a great opportunity for developers that do not have an Echo yet. Apart from the skill being published between the 1st of June and the 30th of June, there are no limitations upon what the skill does.

For the UK, German and Indian skill developers you can grab yourself a t-shirt.

Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 13

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:03

Just a quick heads up. Episode 13 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.

The following is the podcast details:

In the episode Dave chats with John Kelvie. John is the CTO of XAPPMedia and one of the founders of Bespoken, a suite of tools that helps developers with building, debugging and monitoring their Alexa Skills.


Amazon Echo Show

Submitted by Peter on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:11

Amazon Echo ShowHot off the heels of the announcement for the release of the Echo Look Amazon have now announced a new Alexa device.

The name? The Amazon Echo Show. This isn't just a reworked Echo with a different aesthetic, the Echo show comes with a 7" display as well as a built-in camera. So why would an Echo require a camera? Simple, so that you can make video calls.

Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant, A Match Made In Heaven?

Submitted by Peter on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 22:39

A little over a week ago Google announced the public release of the SDK for the assistant. I wondered at the time how long it would take for someone to utilize both the Amazon Voice SDK and the Google Assistant SDK on a single device. At the time this was just an interesting concept that I did not think would see the light of day for a while, well I was wrong.

Recent Enhancements To SSML

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 05/07/2017 - 09:05

Amazon has recently announced a couple of good enhancements to the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) that help skill developers offer more as part of their skill sand to change the way response text is spoken.


Back in February Amazon announced SpeechCon's availability in the US. Speechcon's are words and phrases that might be better served when spoken in a non-standard manner.


Google declaring war? Assistant SDK Released!

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 14:49

Google have recently announced the release of the SDK for their Google Assistant. This is of course in line with a lot of Google properties and allows 3rd party developers to create devices that utilize the Google Assistant technology. Amazon has of course had an SDK available for some time which has proved to be very popular with many manufacturers such as Lenovo, Ford and Huawei deciding to implement Alexa into their devices (big and small). We can fully expect the same to occur for Google.