Hot off the heels of the announcement for the release of the Echo Look Amazon have now announced a new Alexa device.
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.
Back in April Amazon added the concept of permissions into the Amazon Skill world when they introduced the Device Location API.
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 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.
Yesterday Amazon announced a new Amazon Echo device called the Amazon Echo Look. The Echo Look is intriguing in that it will be the first Echo device that comes with a built-in camera.
Episode 12 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.
The following is the podcast details:
In the episode Dave chats with Sameer Lalwani, Sr. Program Manager on the Alexa Skills Certification team at Amazon. Sameer shares best practices for getting your skill published as well as guidance for building more engaging skills for customers.
I recently bought a Google home so that I can do a proper comparison between the Echo and the Home. The setup was extremely easy, I just needed to download the Google Home App from the app store and ensure my phone was connected to the WiFi. One thing that surprised me was that I was not prompted to connect to the Home via WiFi or Bluetooth. When I opened the app it started the setup process and asked me to decide which wireless network my Home should connect too.
For anyone interested in Smart assistants such as the Google Home or Amazon Echo the BBC News show Click heavily focuses on Smart assistants.
The piece raises some interesting questions regarding the security of trusting such devices for controlling the home environment. The piece also raises the potential that as the services increase their knowledge about you that they will start tailoring prices for items you purchase using voice assistants. This really that far fetched. Amazon has fallen foul of this several times in the past.
If you have logged into the developer portal recently you may have noticed a slight change in the list of skills that you have. A new icon now appears.