Voice has emerged as the UX of the future and commercial device makers across product categories have invested in bringing Alexa to their devices, introducing scenarios and use cases that didn’t exist before. We want to make it even easier for customers to get started with Alexa for the first time, whether that’s through a smart speaker or wearable.
As a part of this endeavor, we are excited to announce Code-Based Linking, a new authorization method that allows customers to easily link their Amazon account with an Alexa-enabled product. Device makers building Alexa-enabled products that have limited capabilities for customer input such as smart TVs, wearables, or automotive accessories, will greatly benefit from this new feature of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).
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How does Code-Based Linking Work?
All Alexa-enabled products need to obtain a Login with Amazon (LWA) access token that is sent with each access request to AVS. With Code-Based Linking, we have simplified the workflow to obtain this token via devices with limited input capabilities. When a customer registers an Alexa-enabled product with that supports Code-Based Linking, they are provided a short alphanumeric code and a URL, usually displayed on the product screen. The customer opens the URL in a separate device (phone or computer), logs in with their Amazon credentials, and enters the short code to link their Amazon account with the Alexa-enabled product. Once linked, the Alexa-enabled product is ready for use.
We have a detailed guide that provides a step-by-step walkthrough on how to implement this capability in your Alexa-enabled product. We also have supported screen templates and CX guidance in our UX Design Guidelines. Visit the AVS Authorization page for more details about the customer workflow, different authorization methods, and resources.
What Is the Alexa Voice Service?
The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) enables developers to integrate Alexa directly into their products, bringing the convenience of voice control to any connected device. AVS provides developers with access to a suite of resources to quickly and easily build Alexa-enabled products, including APIs, hardware development kits, software development kits, and documentation. Through AVS, device makers can add a new intelligent interface to their products and offer customers access to a growing number of Alexa features, smart home integrations, and skills. Just ask, and Alexa will respond. Visit the AVS Developer Portal to get started.
Have questions? Visit us on the AVS Forum to speak with one of our experts.