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October 17, 2017

Marina Jeon

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University students, it’s game time! Would you like to add voice to your favorite game? Do you have an idea for an all-new game? We invite you to put your creative energy to work and build a gaming skill for the Alexa gaming challenge.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and an Amazon Echo. And the top two finalists will receive $300 each.

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October 16, 2017

Martha Kang

Walter Quesada says he has been “obsessed with building for voice” ever since the Amazon Echo was first released.

“Ever since Amazon Echo came out, I’ve been learning about ways it can fit into different scenarios, both in my professional life and in my free time,” says Quesada.

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October 13, 2017

Rachel Bennett

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We're excited to highlight the first broadly available dev kit for AVS with a production-ready SoC, voice input processor, and a device application built with the AVS Device SDK: The Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit for AVS with NXP SoC.

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October 13, 2017

Max Amordeluso

Many Alexa skill builders use AWS Lambda to build the backend for their custom Alexa skills. If you have wondered why Lambda is such as great match for custom skills, let me tell you four benefits of using AWS Lambda. 

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October 12, 2017

Satish Iyer

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We expanded Music Service Provider support in our AVS Device SDK v1.1 update to include TuneIn, Pandora, SiriusXM, and Amazon Music. The SDK update also added support for Audible, Kindle Books, new capability agents to control playback, parse playlists, and manage alerts.

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October 12, 2017

Jen Gilbert

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Today, we’re excited to announce the Amazon Alexa session track at AWS re:Invent 2017, the largest gathering of the global Amazon developer community.

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October 09, 2017

Martha Kang

Sam Machin is a self-taught developer who started tinkering with voice in the early days of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), which enables developers to integrate Alexa directly into their connected products.

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October 06, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

What makes a skill engaging for customers, and what keeps customers coming back over time? Learn the qualities of top-performing skills that see the highest consistent customer engagement.  

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October 06, 2017

Eric Kelly

We recently launched Notifications for Alexa support through the AVS API. Here's a guide that walks you through everything you need to know to implement notifications on your Alexa-enabled product.

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October 05, 2017

Rachel Bennett

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Today we introduce the XMOS VocalFusion 4-Mic Dev Kits for Amazon AVS, the first reference solution for AVS with a linear mic array qualified for far-field voice capture and compatibility with the AVS Device SDK.

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October 04, 2017

Amit Jotwani

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Amazon is happy to announce that Alexa, the brain that powers Amazon Echo, is coming to India, along with three Alexa-enabled devices: Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot.

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October 04, 2017

Amit Jotwani

Today, we announced that Alexa devices are coming to India. Starting today, you can use the Alexa Skills Kit to build skills for customers in India using the new English (India) language model.

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October 02, 2017

Akersh Srivastava

Last month, hundreds of developers and designers from around the world filled Pier 48 in San Francisco. They had gathered to compete at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, a grueling 24-hour gauntlet fueled by equal parts passion and caffeine.

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October 01, 2017

David Isbitski

Alexa and Amazon Echo Coming to Japan Later this Year. 「Alexa」と「Amazon Echo」が年内に日本に登場

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September 28, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We're excited to announce that the Alexa Voice Service API now comes with support for the new Notifications functionality. The feature allows Alexa to proactively indicate that there is new content from core features, such as Shopping updates, and Alexa skills for the user to retrieve.

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