We are excited to announce a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API, the ability to define appliance categories. By defining appliance categories, both you and your customers can easily identify the types of smart home devices with which they are interacting.[Read More]
If you’re a Dish Network subscriber, or you’re thinking about becoming one, finding the perfect show or movie just got a lot easier with Alexa voice control. Dish Network subscribers can now voice control their TV experience with the Hopper DVR set-top box and the Echo Family of Devices.[Read More]
Many Alexa skill developers use AWS Lambda and Node.js for your Alexa skill’s web service. If your skill still uses Node.js v0.10 functions, you need to migrate to one of the newer Node.js versions (4.3 or 6.10) by May 30, 2017.[Read More]
Soon you will be able to enable notifications for select skills and Amazon.com shopping updates on most devices with Alexa. Companies like AccuWeather, The Washington Post, and Just Eat will be among the first to update their skills with notifications. AVS and ASK dev tools are also coming soon.[Read More]
We’re excited to introduce Cloud-Based Wake Word Verification, a new feature that improves “Alexa” wake word accuracy on AVS products by identifying and reducing false wakes caused by like-sounding words.[Read More]
Today we’re excited to announce that Conexant has released a generally available 4-microphone development kit, making it easier and more cost-effective to build far-field products with Amazon Alexa. Far-field enables customers to speak to devices with Alexa from across the room.
Today, we are happy to announce new permissions features that allow you to read, add and delete items in Alexa’s shopping and to-do lists from within your skill.[Read More]
Today, we are excited to announce that developers in the UK and Germany can now use speechcons to build more creative voice experiences with UK English and German words and phrases.[Read More]
We are happy to announce a new Alexa skill builder, which provides a more intuitive interface for you to easily create engaging Alexa skills. You can also use this tool to build natural dialogs to provide more intelligent responses to user requests.[Read More]
We are excited to announce our new beta testing tool for Alexa skills which makes it easy for you to get beta feedback on your skill. You can now invite users to test your Alexa skill and provide feedback before you publish your skill.[Read More]
Since the introduction of the Amazon Echo, users have been delighted by the magical far-field voice experiences it enables. Today we’re excited to announce that we are sharing our high-performance, far-field voice processing solution with third-party device manufacturers.
We are happy to announce tunable lighting control, a new feature in the Smart Home Skill API now available in the US with support for the UK and Germany coming soon. This is great news for those of you targeting color-changing lights or tunable white lights.[Read More]