Echo Show, Passing Certification

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:58

Echo ShowPassing skill certification can be a difficult thing to achieve at times. This is especially true if creating a skill for a new device such as the Echo Show.

The Amazon developer blog has released an article that gives some hints and tips on the common pitfalls that they have seen when people are trying to become certificated.

Earn Money With Your Skills

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:31

Recently Amazon removed the ability for Android app developers from earning money based on popularity and use.Previously app developers could release a free app that had no advertising and still earn money. The money earnt was based on usage of the app. The more it was used the more money that could be earned.

Well, that bad news for app developers has turned into good news for skill developers. Amazon has extended an incentive for skill developers. Previously skill developers could earn money if they posted a skill in 1 of the following categories:


AVS Device SDK Opened Up For Commercial Use

Submitted by Peter on Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:16

Over the past year, there have been many stories of device manufacturers working on implementing Alexa into their devices. These ranged from the Lenovo Smart speaker right through to Ford Cars.

On August the 17th Amazon finally released the Alexa Voice Service Device Software Development Kit (SDK) for commercial use. The SDK provides a myriad of libraries written in C++ which handle the processing of audio input as well as providing a persistent connection with the Amazon Voice Service (AVS).

Now AWS Hosted!

Submitted by Peter on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 20:36

Prior to today, was hosted on a dedicated server over at OVH. We have decided to take the plunge and start using AWS services. is now proudly hosted by the EC2 service on AWS.

By hosting on AWS we will have an increased availability with potential better latency.


Alexa Dev Chat Podcast - Edpisode 15

Submitted by Peter on Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:34

Just a quick heads up. Episode 14 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.

The following is the podcast details:

In this episode Dave chats with with Jen Rapp. Jen served as the Alexa Skills Kit product manager for developing the new interfaces Alexa skill developers use with Echo Show. She and her team worked to create everything from the new template layouts to the hint directive to the built-in navigational intents.