If you have logged into the developer portal recently you may have notices a slight change in the list of skills that you have. A new icon now appears.
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".
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 encase 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.
I completely missed this after the original announcement however Amazon have announced a new Skills contest. This time the contest is in partnership with Dev Post.
The contest is extremely open and any type of skill can be submitted providing the skill is unique. The overall prize value for this contest is a whopping $40,000.
The Amazon Alexa team recently posted on the Alexa blog. The Amazon Echo was initially released on November 6th 2014 to Prime members (and June 23rd 2015 for non Prime users). To have achieved sp many skills in such a short period of time is made even more impressive by the fact that skill developers currently cannot monetise their skill.