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February 20, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Once you’ve published your Alexa skill, it’s time to spread the word about it. Sharing your skills is a great way to promote it and expand its reach to potential new users.

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February 02, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Increase engagement with your skills through continuous improvement and maintenance. See how we track engagement of the Dev Tips skill, then create custom slots based on user activity.

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January 15, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Our final post in the resource roundup series features top tips and tutorials for building multimodal skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot. 

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December 08, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Starting today, Alexa and Amazon Echo will be rolling out to customers in over 80 countries. Now you can make your Alexa skills available to customers in these countries who buy an Echo.

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November 30, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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Today we are excited to announce that developers will soon be able to use the Alexa Skills Kit to build personalized responses when Alexa recognizes a customer’s voice.

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November 28, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Alexa Skills Kit developers can apply to participate in a developer preview of notifications, allowing them to alert customers about new information that’s important to them.

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November 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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

If you are new to skill development, check out this detailed walkthrough to get started.

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November 15, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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

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November 10, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

We’re excited to announce that one of our newest devices, Echo Show, has been named the Silver Award winner at the 2017 UX Awards, which showcases the best in future-oriented user experiences and design.

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October 30, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

We are excited to introduce the new Dev Tips skill for Alexa, your companion for the skill-building journey. This skill is designed to connect you with the news, tips, and resources you need to build your best skill—all via voice.

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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 01, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

One of the most common questions I get from new Alexa developers is: "I'm getting an error that says, 'The remote endpoint could not be called, or the response it returned was invalid.' How do I fix it?" The good new is you already have all the tools you need.

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August 31, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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We’re excited to announce that, starting today, Alexa supports kid skills in the US. You can now publish fun and educational skills for kids under the age of 13.

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July 13, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we are excited to introduce entertainment capabilities as part of the Smart Home Skill API. Now customers can easily control cloud-connected TVs, AV Receivers, IR Hubs and even connected speakers without invoking a specific skill.

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July 13, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we announced that we now enable companies to control entertainment devices with the Smart Home Skill API in the Alexa Skills Kit. Here is an overview of how to connect your TVs, AV Receivers, IR Hubs, and even connected speakers to Alexa.

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