Yesterday Amazon announced a new API that skill developers can now take advantage of, the device address API. Up until now if you needed to know the locality of the user you would be required to prompt the user to tell you (of course making sure you made use of the appropriate locality slots).
The Amazon Developer blog recently posted an article entitled "5 Ways to Level Up Your Alexa Skill with AWS".
A few weeks back a Google product manager gave an indication that the UK release date for the Google Home was forthcoming and it should be expected to be around May. Well, today Google have officially announced the release date as being April 6th.
Episode 11 has just been released of the Alexa Dev Chat Podcast.
The following is the podcast details:
In the episode Dave catches up with Zach Parker, head of Business Development for Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. The two discuss recent product innovations, new customer experiences and current Smart Home industry trends.
A few days agoI posted that I had released a photoshop file on Github that should help when designing Alexa Skill logos.
Today I have completed a similar simple tool. The new tool simply demonstrates how a logo may show when displayed on the Alexa Skill store or in the skills app. The new tool can be found in the newly created Alexa Skills section (which can be found in the top links. Alternatively access it directly HERE.
I am always keen on receiving feedback or suggestions. Be sure to let me know what you think.
When creating a skill 1 of the often overlooked aspects is the design of the logo. I have been guilty of this myself and ended up with an image that did not work out so well.
An issue that I had not considered originally was the fact that Amazon encases the skill logo in a circular frame. This will leave some aspects of the original image hidden and it is, of course, important that vital aspects of your logo are not contained within these hidden regions.
Yesterday I started seeing reports that the Amazon shopping app was rolling out an update introducing the Alexa service and allowing you to have similar functionality that you have with your Echo.
If you are a skills developer (or just registered on the Amazon Developer portal) you may have recently received an email from Amazon advising that you have received $100 in credits for the AWS service. This isn't a one-off piece of generosity from Amazon. It is actually much more.
Earlier in the year at CES, several car manufacturers announced that they would be integrating Alexa into new models of their vehicles. This was great in that it was the first steps of taking Alexa out of the home. The problem being of course that to take advantage of Alexa you would have been required to purchase a new car.
Amazon has announced a new webinar for those interested in developing devices that implement the Amazon Voice Service (AVS). AVS allows device manufacturers and tinkerers to utilize Alexa and voice commands on their hardware.
The webinar aims to assist people with the following: