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September 27, 2017

Martha Kang

„Der Launch von Amazon Echo in Deutschland hat uns die wunderbare Möglichkeit geboten, mehr über Alexa und Voice Technologie zu lernen,“ sagt Hannes Hegewald, Produktmanager bei Kitchen Stories.

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September 26, 2017

Justin Jeffress

When customers first invoke your skill, aim to provide just the right amount of information so customers know how to move forward. This is important to get right when building for voice.

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September 26, 2017

Justin Jeffress

When building your voice experience, think about continued engagement with your customers. Make sure your skill will delight users on their tenth visit just as much as it did on their first. 

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September 25, 2017

Amit Jotwani

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Today, I’m excited to announce we’ve collaborated with Codecademy on a new, free, course series on how to build Alexa skills. Starting today, budding developers and advanced programmers can learn about Alexa skill-building through the online, interactive learning interface that Codecademy provides.

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September 22, 2017

Justin Jeffress

When building your skill, think about how your interactions with your customers will change over time based on skill usage. Focus on making the interaction personal.

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September 20, 2017

Dave Berol

This post covers best practices for selecting the right microphones for your product’s mic array and explains the core differences between standard capacitive microphones and piezoelectric MEMS microphones, a new breed of technology pioneered by Vesper Technologies, an Alexa Fund portfolio company.

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September 18, 2017

Wes Kaminski

We’re starting a new tech series where we cover the ins and outs of AVS. For our first post, we’ll define some common products and terms you’ll see as you invest time in building with Alexa, and give you a high-level overview of the AVS interaction model.

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September 15, 2017

Martha Kang

Alexa Champion April L. Hamilton has been building Alexa skills since the Alexa Skills Kit became available in 2015. As one of the original Alexa developers, Hamilton created two of the first skills released for the Echo.

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September 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Use the console.log() statement to gain insights into how users are interacting with your skill.

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September 14, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We recently updated the Developer Portal to better serve the AVS community’s growing and diverse needs by making new self-service content publicly available, simplifying product capability management, adding new Analytics tools, and refreshing our overall look and feel.

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September 13, 2017

Justin Jeffress

The arrival of the Echo Show has opened up a new world of possibilities for voice-first interactions. Learn how to create skills that serve up a tailored experience on each device.

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September 12, 2017

Nadine Rothkamp

We collaborated with CareerFoundry to create a comprehensive course on designing compelling voice experiences. The course, Voice User Interface Design with Amazon Alexa, is now open for enrollment. 

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September 11, 2017

Martha Kang

Logitech built a smart home skill for Alexa to work with its Harmony remotes. Customers say simple commands, such as “Alexa, turn on the TV,” or “Alexa, play a DVD,” and Alexa sends the request to the Harmony skill.

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September 07, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today AWS announced that developers can now export their Amazon Lex chatbot schema into an Alexa-compatible format for use in an Alexa skill.  This enables developers to offer users even more ways to interact with Amazon Lex powered conversational chatbots.

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September 06, 2017

David Isbitski

In May, we announced new permissions features that allow you to read, add and delete items in Alexa’s Shopping and To-do lists from within your skill. This allows customers to use your skill to keep track of their important tasks and shopping needs.

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