Last month we announced List Events in Alexa skills, a feature that allows your skill to get notified when customers add or remove items to their lists on Alexa. Today, we are happy to announce that customers can now create and organize lists of their own choice to capture everyday ideas, plans, and tasks.
Customers can now create shopping lists for individual stores ("Alexa, create a Whole Foods shopping list") or organize their individual To-do lists ("Alexa, add ‘clean the garage’ to John's to-do list"). Finally, customers can also use Lists to plan upcoming activities ("Alexa, add book hotels to my Costa Rica list"). All the lists are accessible on the go via the Alexa app and supported list skills.
As a skill developer, you can now create new lists from within your skill and use them to capture important items your customers would like to have access to.
You can integrate with Alexa lists by following these steps:
- Configure your skill in the Amazon Developer Portal to indicate that it requires Lists Read or Lists Write permissions, or both.
- Devise a user intent model that uses customer Alexa lists.
- Implement the Lists Read or Lists Write permissions.
- If you would like to consume List Events, use SMAPI to create a new list skill or update your custom skill to subscribe to List Events.
Explore top skills already using Lists like Any.do, AnyList, Cozi, and Good Housekeeping. We’re excited to see how you will take advantage of the new Lists feature to build skills that customers will love.
For more information about getting started with the List Skill API, check out our FAQ.