Release Update

New Alexa Skills Kit Features and Tools
API and Feature Updates

Date Name Summary Availability Announcement Documentation
11/20/2018 APL skill certification and device testing availability All Alexa Blog
11/16/2018 Wake-on-LAN Controller Introducing the Wake-on-LAN Controller, which enables customers to use Alexa to power on smart devices that have gone into a low power mode and cannot be woken up via the cloud. All Alexa Blog Documentation
11/15/2018 Alexa Hosted Skills (Preview) Build your VUI and backend service in the ASK Developer Console. All Alexa Blog
11/13/2018 Slot Validation for ASK Dialog Management Now Alexa can automatically re-prompt your users who provide unacceptable slot values in delegated dialogs. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/31/2018 Reminders API Enable your skills to set and manage reminders for your customers. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/30/2018 ASK Music Skill API Now Generally Available Now you can enable your customers in the US to access your entire music catalog via voice on Alexa-enabled devices. US Alexa Blog Documentation
10/30/2018 Alexa Presentation Language Public Beta Now you can use APL to use multimodal skills for Alexa devices with screen. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/25/2018 Skill Activation Metrics Skill activation metrics, including details about skill enablement and account linking, help you gain insights into your skill’s lifecycle. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/23/2018 Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills Now Generally Available Now you can use 27 different Amazon Polly voices in your Alexa skills, in all locales supported by Alexa. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/11/2018 Doorbell APIs New doorbell APIs for smart home cameras and doorbells, unlocking new customer scenarios in home automation and monitoring. US Alexa Blog Documentation
10/4/2018 Skill Connections (Preview) Now skills can work together to help customers get more done. All Alexa Blog Apply via survey
10/2/2018 Additional Built-in Slot Types Now Available in All Alexa Locales (Beta) You can use now use seven new built-in slot types in all Alexa locales to save time in your skill development and to improve your customer experience. All Alexa Blog Documentation
9/25/2018 Consumables In-Skill Purchasing (CISP) A consumable is an in-skill product that customers can purchase, use, and then purchase again. As is the case with one-time purchase and subscription in-skill purchasing (ISP), developers can build skills with consumables using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Command-Line Interface (CLI). US Alexa Blog Documentation
9/20/2018 Introducing the Alexa Presentation Language (Preview) Design and build voice-first, multimodal experiences for tens of millions of Alexa devices with screens All Alexa Blog Apply via survey
9/20/2018 New Smart Home Developer Tools New developer tools in preview make device setup easier for customers and let you extend voice control to any device, and to any feature in your device. US Alexa Blog Apply via survey
9/20/2018 Introducing the Alexa Connect Kit (Preview) The Alexa Connect Kit, or ACK, gives you the tools to turn any device with a microcontroller (MCU) into a smart device. Learn more and apply to the ACK Preview. All Alexa Blog Apply via survey
9/20/2018 Introducing the Wi-Fi simple setup SDK (Preview) Wi-Fi simple setup SDK and service helps customers connect smart home devices to Wi-Fi. Learn more and apply to the Wi-Fi simple setup SDK Preview. All Alexa Blog Apply via survey
9/20/2018 Coming soon: ASK Music Skill API Soon, you can enable your customers to access your entire music catalog via voice on Alexa-enabled devices. US Alexa Blog Interest Form
9/12/2018 Optional Account Linking Optional account linking allows customers to enable and use your Alexa skill without first linking their accounts. All Alexa Blog Documentation
8/29/2018 Expanded Developer Preview: Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills We have expanded the preview to include 27 Amazon Polly voices that cover all locales supported by Alexa. All Alexa Blog Apply via survey
8/28/2018 Contact and Motion Sensor APIs Contact and motion sensors can now be connected to Alexa, and that updates from sensors can now activate Alexa Routines, unlocking new customer scenarios in home automation, monitoring, and control. US Alexa Blog Documentation
8/21/2018 Alexa Settings API Reference customer preferences for Time Zone, Temperature and Distance units. All Alexa Blog Documentation
8/16/2018 Cameras Recap API The Cameras Recap API enables customers to view recorded smart home camera video feeds on Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets. US Alexa Blog Documentation
8/16/2018 Live Debugging for Smart Home Devices (Beta) You can now view device change reports sent to Alexa and examine their content for errors and reliability. All Alexa Blog Documentation
7/31/2018 Customer Contact Permissions Request customer permission to use their contact information All Alexa Blog Documentation
7/30/2018 Proactive Discovery and Endpoint Management Proactive discovery and endpoint management allows customers to seamlessly update and maintain their devices and scenes with less direct interaction. All Alexa Blog Documentation
7/23/2018 Equalizer (EQ) and Sound Mode Controls Equalizer (EQ) and sound mode controls enable customers to personalize the tone of the audio playing on their speakers, AV receivers, and sound bars. US Alexa Blog Documentation
7/12/2018 Fallback Intent expanded availability Fallback intent is now available for all English locales, and allows you to respond gracefully to unexpected customer requests. All English language locales Alexa Blog Documentation
7/1/2018 Alexa Kids Skills Now Available in India Alexa now supports kids skills in India. US, UK, DE, AU, NZ, IN Alexa Blog Documentation
6/20/2018 Multimodal Skills on Fire TV Cube Deliver visual experiences for Fire TV Cube, Echo Show, and Echo Spot US (Fire TV Cube) Alexa Blog Documentation
5/30/2018 CanFulfillIntentRequest (Beta) Help make your US English skills more discoverable when customers do not use your invocation name. US Alexa Blog Documentation
5/16/2018 Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills (Developer Preview) Apply for a developer preview that lets you easily use voices from Amazon Polly in your Alexa skills to deliver more engaging experiences. US Alexa Blog Apply via survey
5/3/2018 In-Skill Purchasing Make money by selling premium digital content to enrich your Alexa skill experience. US Alexa Blog Documentation
5/3/2018 Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills Use Amazon’s simple voice purchasing flow to sell physical goods and services. US Alexa Blog Documentation
5/1/2018 Fallback Intent Respond gracefully to unexpected customer requests US Alexa Blog Documentation
4/17/2018 Updated AudioPlayer interface Send additional metadata about the playing track for display on Echo Show and Echo Spot. All Alexa Blog Documentation
4/3/2018 Gadgets Skill API (Beta) Build game skills for Echo Buttons US, UK, DE Alexa Blog Documentation
3/30/2018 Video Skill API Updates Recording, launcher, and state reporting are now available in the video skill API. All Alexa Blog Documentation
3/2/2018 Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library Add unique sounds to your skill, with hundreds available in 14 categories All Alexa Blog Documentation
2/14/2018 YesIntent and NoIntent Compatibility with Dialog Management Use the built-in Yes/No intents side-by-side with dialog management. Alexa Blog Documentation
2/14/2018 PhraseSlots and SearchQuery Improve accuarcy when you cannot include majority of possible slot values. All Alexa Blog Documentation
1/4/2018 Cooking Capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API Build skills to enable customers to control their microwave ovens using Alexa and voice commands. US Alexa Blog Documentation

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Console and Tool Updates
Date Name Summary Availability Announcement Documentation
11/20/2018 Works with Alexa Console (Beta) The new Works with Alexa (WWA) console (beta) provides a streamlined experience to help you achieve WWA certification for your smart devices. All Alexa Blog Documentation
11/20/2018 ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code GA The ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code is now Generally Available with added code snippet generation for the Python ASK SDK. All Alexa Blog Documentation
11/20/2018 Python Support Added for the ASK CLI The ASK CLI now has hook scripts available which support the deployment of Python skills. All Alexa Blog Documentation
11/8/2018 New CLI Dialog Command, Updated Simulation API You can now test multi-turn conversations using the ASK command line interface (CLI) and skill management API (SMAPI) as well as in the the developer console. All Alexa Blog Documentation
10/17/2018 Skill Package API New Skill Package APIs in SMAPI allow you to manage your skill as a single package rather than by component. All Documentation
9/18/2018 ASK SDK for Python Now Generally Available Use the ASK SDK for Python to simplify development of the backend cloud service for your Alexa skill. All Alexa Blog Documentation
8/30/2018 Alexa Icon Builder Annoucing the Alexa icon builder, enabling you to choose a symbol from the built-in icon library and edit the colors, background, size, and shadow to make a unique icon for your Alexa skill. All Alexa Blog Documentation
7/31/2018 ASK Extension for Visual Studio Code Develop skills more quickly and easily using the ASK extension for Visual Studio Code All Alexa Blog Documentation
6/28/2018 ASK SDK for Python (beta) If you code using Python, you can use the SDK to quickly build and deliver voice experiences All Alexa Blog Documentation
6/28/2018 Edit or Upload Slot Values in Bulk Quickly edit or upload slot type values using a CSV file. All Documentation
6/28/2018 Edit or Upload Sample Utterances in Bulk Quickly edit or upload sample utterances using a CSV file. All Documentation
6/25/2018 Interaction Path Analysis Gain insights with visual representation of customer interactions. All Alexa Blog Documentation
6/25/2018 Example Phrases Validation Service - All locales Example phrase validation is now available for all Alexa language and locales. All Alexa Blog Documentation
6/15/2018 Certification Tab in the Alexa Developer Console New tools to help you catch common errors before you submit your skill for certification. All Alexa Blog Documentation
4/27/2018 Echo Spot Added to Simulator in Developer Console Test how your Alexa skill will display on Echo Spot in addition to Echo Show. All Alexa Blog Documentation
4/18/2018 Version 2 of the ASK SDK for Node.js Develop skills in Node.js faster and reduce the complexity in your code All Alexa Blog Documentation
4/12/2018 Example Phrases Validation Improve your skill’s example phrases and avoid related certification errors. All Alexa Blog Documentation
4/11/2018 Intent History Understand how customers are engaging with your skill. All Alexa Blog Documentation
3/29/2018 Version 2 of the ASK SDK for Java Develop skills in Java faster and reduce the complexity in your code. All Alexa Blog Documentation
3/27/2018 New Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console It's easier than ever to manage the entire lifecycle of your Alexa skills. All Alexa Blog Documentation
2/1/2018 Skill Management API and Command Line Interface Programmatically create, update, test, and submit your skills. All Alexa Blog Documentation

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