As has been rumoured for some time now Apple has finally announced that they are entering into the home assistant market with a device called HomePod. This completes the big 4 having now announced such products or services (Amazon Echo, Google Home and Microsoft Cortana making the other 3).
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.
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.
The offer has now ended.
As part of their ongoing free learning, Packt Publishing is currently giving away a free ebook entitled Learning AWS by Aurobindo Sarkar and Amit Shah.
Due to the way that the free learning program works the book will only be available until midnight today (13th May) UK time.
Hot 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.
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.