If you've built and tested a skill to enable customers to control your smart devices using Alexa, you're ready to submit it for certification. After your skill passes certification, it will be published in the Alexa Skills Store for your customers to discover and use. There, your skill can reach tens of millions of customers through devices with Alexa like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Refer to our Smart Home Skill Publishing Guide to ensure your skill meets the special certification requirements for this skill type.
Regardless of whether your device connects to Alexa directly, locally, or in the cloud, you can submit your products for testing via the Works with Alexa program. When your products are certified, they can carry the Works with Alexa badge, appear in the Amazon Smart Home store, and can be considered for additional co-marketing opportunities.
Whether you provide a smart home skill, smart home products for sale on Amazon.com, or both, check for user feedback. Learn what customers like best, and what additional features they’d like to see.
Dive into skill usage data on your metrics dashboard. Analyze data points and visualizations on customers, sessions, utterances, and intents. The Alexa Developer Console provides visibility to change reports and processing errors encountered with them in near-real-time.
Add new functionalities and evolve your skill using Amazon Web Services. And apply to receive in AWS promotional credits if you incur AWS usage charges for your skill.
You can connect your device cloud to Alexa using the Smart Home and Custom Skill APIs. Alexa alerts your skill when a customer wants to control your device, and your skill and cloud service then send instructions to your device over the Internet.
You can connect your devices to the new Echo Show and Echo Plus using Zigbee, or using other smart home hubs. Alexa communicates with the hub over the internet, and the hub communicates with your device.
You can integrate a hardware module designed by Amazon on your device using the Alexa Connect Kit (Preview), or ACK. Alexa communicates with the ACK module over the Internet, and the module communicates with your device using a serial interface.
You can pair your devices to an Echo device using Bluetooth and the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit (Beta), in order to build accessories that respond to customer interactions with a compatible Echo device. The Echo sends event information to your device including timers, alarms, and text-to-speech (TTS) wordmarks.