Alexa Voice Service

Why Voice?

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Voice is the most natural form of user interaction, and recent advancements in speech recognition and natural language understanding technology are now enabling us to control our connected devices with speech. We believe that voice can simplify the modern lifestyle, providing us with a unifying interface across devices so we can be entertained, stay informed, and organize our lives by just asking.

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Why the Alexa Voice Service?

The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) provides you with resources to quickly and easily add the magic of cloud-based intelligence and hands-free voice control to your connected products. Learn more about its features and benefits below:

Cloud-Based Intelligence

Alexa is always getting smarter through machine learning and the addition of new capabilities. AVS simplifies building voice-enabled products by handling complex Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) processes in the cloud.

Easy-to-Use APIs

AVS provides easy-to-use interfaces to core functionality such as speech recognition and synthesis, audio playback, and other Alexa capabilities like alarms, calendars, and third-party skills developed using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Reach More Customers

Alexa-enabled products deliver consistent voice experiences across categories and use cases. When you integrate with AVS, your product becomes part of a growing collection of devices, services, and skills, attracting new customers looking for technology that works with the Alexa family.

Features and Benefits
News & Entertainment

Offer access to streaming media from providers like Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM. Also access Flash Briefings, Audible, weather and traffic updates, movie times, and more. Just ask.

Smart Home

Enable customers to voice control their smart homes, including lights, switches, thermostats, locks, and more. Alexa-enabled devices offer voice control for any Works with Amazon Alexa smart home device.


Help your customers stay organized by enabling them to set Timers & Alarms and calendar updates, as well as multitask with To-Do and Shopping Lists. All they have to do is ask, and Alexa will respond instantly.

Alexa Skills

Give customers access to thousands of custom skills, including Domino’s, Uber, Jeopardy, and Starbucks on any Alexa-enabled product. New skills are added by developers building with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).


Proactively deliver content from Alexa skills and domains to any device with an AVS integration. Now customers can ask, “Alexa, what are my notifications?” and hear updates, breaking news, weather alerts, and more. Learn More »

Display Cards

Render a “Now Playing” interface for music and books, as well as graphical information for weather, To-Do and Shopping Lists, calendar updates, and custom skills on any screen-based device with Alexa. Learn More »


Access localized language, search, and skills in a growing number of international regions. Easily enable your product to access language or region-specific models, reaching even more customers. Learn More »

Development Tools

Leverage dev tools to quickly and cost effectively build Alexa-enabled products. Hardware and software development kits make it easier to build hands-free products with AVS. Learn More »

Alexa News


Introducing Display Cards for Alexa-Enabled Devices:

A new capability for your Alexa-enabled product that uses visuals to complement Alexa voice responses for music, weather, calendar, and more. Learn More »


SiriusXM Now Available to Device Makers Building with AVS:

Device makers building with AVS can now offer their customers over 150 channels of SiriusXM programming—including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, comedy, entertainment, and more. Learn More »


Announcing the Video Skills API:

Companies can now teach Alexa how to interface with video content and services, enabling customers to control select video and live TV experiences. Learn More »


New Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide:

Learn voice design concepts as well as practical guidelines for every stage of your ASK project to help you deliver an enjoyable voice experience. Learn More »

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Have a question about AVS or a new feature? Read our FAQs for answers and resources. Learn more »


Post questions, share comments, and read about new ideas from other developers and engineers. Learn more »


Get started with AVS by reading our technical documentation and registering as an Alexa developer. Learn more »

Alexa Blog

Read the latest news, announcements, and updates from AVS. Learn more »


Watch technical tutorials, event presentations, and more on the Alexa YouTube channel. Learn more »


Hackathons, conferences, presentations, and community meetups with Alexa. Learn more »

Prototype with Alexa

The first step to building an Alexa-enabled product is understanding the technology and design considerations for voice-forward interaction. We provide you with development tools and sample projects to quickly and easily build your own Alexa-enabled prototype.

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See What Others Have Built with Alexa

The Alexa family of devices gets bigger every day. Learn how these companies integrated AVS into their products in our Developer Spotlight series.


The smart thermostat with built-in Alexa Voice Service and far-field voice control. Learn more »

Huawei Mate 9

The first smartphone with a pre-installed hands-free Alexa experience. Learn more »

Logitech ZeroTouch

The easiest way to add Amazon Alexa and hands-free voice control to any car. Learn more »


A smart portable speaker and connected message board with Alexa. Learn more »

Sugr Cube

A portable minimalist Wi-Fi speaker now with Amazon Alexa. Learn more »

Jam Voice

Portable Wi-Fi speakers with Alexa that you can pair together to play music in the home. Learn more »