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May 16, 2018

Jennifer King

By integrating the Alexa Skills Management API (SMAPI) into Storyline, users can create, test, publish, and update their skills, without ever leaving Storyline’s drag-and-drop interface.

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May 16, 2018

Jennifer King

Adva Levin isn’t your typical Alexa skill developer. In fact, she isn’t a developer at all. Yet Levin’s first Alexa skill called Kids Court won the $20,000 Grand Prize plus a $5,000 Finalist Prize in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids.

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May 15, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

To help you get started as you design your in-skill purchasing experience, we’ve created a new sample skill that includes in-skill products. The sample demonstrates how to use the new in-skill purchasing features by offering different both one-time purchases and subscriptions.

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May 15, 2018

Kristin Fritsche

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Wie kommt man auf die Idee einen Alexa Skill zu entwickeln, der beim Zähneputzen hilft? Daniel Buschke wollte vor allem seine Tochter motivieren, ihre Zähne ordentlich zu putzen und das möglichst auch noch gern.

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May 14, 2018

Ahmed El Araby

As you attract new customers to your skill, some may need help during different stages of the experience. Offering in-skill contextual help is a great way to guide your customers to help them get the most value from your skill.

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May 11, 2018

Mike Dinescu

Echo Buttons Trivia Template

Alexa customers love a good trivia game. During family game nights, players who have the answers get to show off their knowledge, while other players get to learn something new. With Echo Buttons, you have an opportunity to turn voice-first trivia games into engaging multiplayer experiences.

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May 11, 2018

Amit Jotwani

The latest version of the Alexa Skills Kit Software Development Kit (SDK) for Node.js includes many improvements to request handling, response building, and attribute management. In this post, we will dive deeper into a brand new feature of the SDK: the request and response interceptors.

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May 11, 2018

Jun Yang

Amazon scientist Jun Yang recently published and presented her work on a multilayer echo cancellation and voice enhancement processing system that can significantly improve smart speaker automatic speech recognition and full duplex voice communication performance.

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May 10, 2018

Justin Jeffress

When your skill performs a task for the customer that requires information from them, it's a best practice to confirm you have the information you need before performing the task. Learn how to create a seamless confirmation experience with dialog management.

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May 08, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Voice is fast-becoming a common user interface, and we find that people embrace voice-first user interfaces because they are natural, conversational, and user-centric. Learn about how you can build your voice-first interaction in a way that enables users to speak to Alexa in their own words.

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May 07, 2018

Robyn Fisher

Here are 10 more best practices to help you build incredible Alexa skills for kids that are educational, entertaining, and engaging for young minds.

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May 04, 2018

Memo Doring

Get an overview of the request handling enhancements in the Alexa Skills Kit Software Development Kit (SDK) for Node.js, which allow you to quickly build a rich voice experience.

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May 04, 2018

Arpit Mittal

Researchers from Amazon and the University of Sheffield are making a large-scale fact extraction dataset publicly available for the first time, and organizing a machine-learning competition for academic and industry researchers to tackle the problem. 

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May 03, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we’re excited to announce general availability of in-skill purchasing for Alexa skills in the US. Now, you can make money by selling premium digital content to enrich your Alexa skill experience.

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May 03, 2018

Kris Zanuldin

Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills is now generally available to US-based merchants and developers. With Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills, you can use Amazon’s simple voice purchasing flow to sell physical goods and services.

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