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February 22, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of February 15th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Amazon and Big Nerd Ranch Announce Free Developer Training for Alexa Skills Kit

We announced that Amazon is teaming up with Big Nerd Ranch to deliver immersive free training for the Alexa Skills Kit. This new training will be available to you later this month, at no cost, and we’ll continue to roll out new modules over the coming months.

Join Us for Our 2016 GDC Developer Day, March 15th from 10am—5pm

You are invited to join the Amazon Appstore and AWS during our GDC developer day event on March 15th, 2016 as we teach you everything from game ideation, creation, scaling, monetization, marketing, polishing and publishing.

Get Your Game into the MIX at GDC

Looking for a chance to get your game in the media? We have 4 slots available in The MIX 2016, and we are looking for the next indie game that will get people talking. The 5th MIX showcase is happening March 14th from 7pm till late at the IGN headquarters, 625 2nd Street in San Francisco. 

Camera Panning in Unity

While experimenting with ideas on Twitch, Jesse Freeman discovered that a simple camera panning code works great in RPGs and RTS style games with a large map the player must move around in order to see what is going on.

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February 15, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of February 8th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Announcing Weekly Alexa Developer Office Hours

Alexa announced office hours to allow developers to talk directly to David Isbitski and the Amazon Alexa team every Tuesday at 1pm PST/4pm EST. During these office hours, you will be able to get answers to any technical questions you have, discuss your skill use case, learn voice design best practices and see live code demos to help you troubleshoot.

Alexa Events: February 2016

Alexa is hosting the following events either online or in person for the month of February: Intro to ASK, Voice Design 101, New Ask Features, Alexa Roadshow + Hackathon, South Florida Code Camp and three other student events.

Migrate Your IAP v1.0 Apps to v2.0

In July 2014, we released In-App Purchasing (IAP) v2.0, which represents an evolution of the API with several major updates. With the continued focus on the newer IAP v2.0 we will deprecate v1.0 of the API on April 30, 2016. If you make an update to an existing IAP v1.0 app after April 30, 2016 you must migrate to v2 by that date. We have created detailed documentation on the process to help you make the transition

Amazon Underground Developers Can Now Monetize Another Large and Active Group of Customers on 2nd Generation 2012 Fire Tablets

Amazon Underground has extended availability to customers on 2nd generation 2012 Fire tablets, giving developers the opportunity to reach another large and active group of customers with their Amazon Underground app or game.

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February 08, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of February 1st on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

New: Test Your App’s Compatibility with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Using Amazon’s App Testing Service (ATS)

Amazon Testing Service allows you to test your Android 6.0 Marshmallow app to identify potential compatibility issues on the Amazon Appstore for Android, Fire tablets and Amazon Fire TV. With the recent upgrade of our Nexus 7 fleet of devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can now receive compatibility results for your apps and games in 90 seconds or less.

Developer Feedback: We Are Listening & Need Your Help with Alexa

Your feedback about Alexa helped us address the following topics—why certify Alexa skills, how Alexa skills are tested, ongoing testing of published Alexa skills, tops reasons for Alexa skill certification failures, functional test failures, user experience test failures, guidelines and checklists to help developers and finally improvements to the skill certification process.

Advertise Your App Now Offers Google Play Referrer Tagging

With Advertise Your App, you can promote your app to millions of users on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network. You can now use a referrer tag to see the number of users that downloaded your app from the Google Play Store.

Alexa Skills Kit Certification Tips: Examples Phrases and Samples Utterances.

With the Amazon Skill certification process, we make sure that we provide customers quality content in the Alexa Skills Catalog and that we help you deliver the highest quality experience possible.

Creating a Game design Document

We outlined the process of making a Game Design Document (GDD)—start by mapping out each of the screens of your game, breaking down the game logic and major concepts that define the gameplay itself, and list all of the artwork you need for the game.

A Big Week for Alexa developers, Including New Third-Party Skills for Uber and Domino’s

Alexa just had an amazing week with over 200 new skills added to the platform. Amazon Echo and Fire TV customers can now request a car service with Uber or order a pizza from Domino's — just in time for the Super Bowl.

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February 01, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of January 25th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Dev Chat with Zattoo: Designing for Mobile and TV

The team behind Zattoo answered all your big questions in less than 90 seconds explaining how they approached app design for the living room experience and built a native app with a single codebase for both mobile and TV.

Announcing Updated Alexa Skill Kit (ASK) Features: oAuth 2.0, Custom Slot Sizes and Updated Simulators.

The Alexa Skills Kit ( ASK) has been updated with new features—account linking oAuth 2.0  support, custom slots sizes, SSML audio tag support and Alexa Skill sorting. These new features are available to you immediately.

Working with 2D Animations in Unity 5

You can build 2D games for Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets using Unity tools. We provided you with two videos that walk you through how to use Unity Sprite Animation tools and also how to set up complex Animation States.

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January 25, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of January 18th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Webinar: Turn Players to Fans - Top Techniques to Build a Fan Base and Increase User Engagement

Join us on January 28th to learn How to Turn Players to Fans - Top Techniques to Build a Fan Base and Increase User Engagement. You’ll learn how to build a fan base by tapping into early adopter’s enthusiasm and increasing retention, how to turn your VIP players into your key product advocate and sell physical goods to lower user acquisition costs and increase revenue with Merch by Amazon.

Amazon Holiday Tablet Sales Bring Amazon Underground to Millions of Customers

The all-new Fire tablet was the bestselling product on Amazon during the record breaking 2015 holiday season, and all these tablets come pre-loaded with Amazon Underground. With proven success for developers like Halfbrick Studios and Rovio, and millions of new Fire Tablet customers, now is the time to get your apps and games published to Amazon Underground.

Downloads of Farming Simulator 14 More Than Triple Within One Month of Publishing to amazon Underground

Amazon Underground helped developers from GIANTS software to see 3.6 times more downloads and 1.4x in revenue in their first month of using Underground. All you need to get started with Amazon underground is—prepare your app, register for free and submit your app.

Optimize Your Android App UI Fire Tablets

We disclosed the best strategies you can use to optimize your app UI for Fire tablets—understand screen resolution and density of Fire tablets, use general size qualifiers and screen smallest width to define layouts, build layouts for Fire tables in multiple ways, create great app icons for your Fire OS apps and finally declare support for Fire tablets in your Manifest.

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January 07, 2016

Peter Heinrich

Halfbrick CEO Shaniel Deo Discusses Amazon Underground

In 2015, Amazon introduced a new monetization model called Amazon Underground in its continuing effort to make mobile developers successful. Instead of charging for each download or encouraging in-app purchases, developers can earn revenue through Amazon Underground for every minute that their app is actually in use by every customer.

By removing the usage friction associated with pay walls and in-app selling, Amazon Underground leads to a more engaging user experience, helping you attract more users to your app with the promise of 100% free content. We recently sat down with Shaniel Deo, founder of Halfbrick, to talk about the results his company has seen with Amazon Underground.

Halfbrick’s Colossatron

Creator of blockbuster games like Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja (which Deo says have worldwide downloads of more than 500 million and 1 billion, respectively, across all platforms), Halfbrick has released many popular mobile games over the years using traditional monetization models like premium, freemium, and ad-supported. According to Deo, “We had varying degrees of success. [Amazon Underground] really piqued my interest when I heard about it. This is something that I think is innovative, and allows us to reach a different audience, while at the same time generate revenue from that audience.”

Colossatron was the first game Halfbrick published to Amazon Underground, and Deo has been pleased with the customer response.

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December 08, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of November 30th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Amazon Underground Extends Availability to Italy, Spain and 14 Other Countries and Territories

We announced the extension of Amazon Underground into 16 additional countries, including Italy and Spain.  Now developers can reach an even broader audience of customers through Amazon Underground.

New eBook Shows Game Development Basics with Construct 2

We released a short ebook for those that want to create a mobile game, but feel intimidated by the technical requirements. Amazon’s Ankur Prasad shows how to build a game using Scirra’s Construct 2 and without programming code.

Record Sales for Amazon Devices Good News for App Developers

According to statistics just released, Amazon device sales over Black Friday and the following weekend tripled those of the year before. Millions of customers will be opening new Amazon devices this holiday season, so there has never been a better time to publish your app or game to the Amazon Appstore.

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December 08, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:bx:6y2str_54193tw9ym4_14zvjgmvrb7:T:TemporaryItems:imgres.pngOn Thursday, December 10 in San Francisco, independent game publisher Whippering will kick off the inaugural Whippering Indie Cup, a celebration of independent gaming. Dozens of Indie developers will demo their work throughout the day, with eight finalists competing to win the grand prize: a $10,000 grant to help them launch their PC, console, or VR game.

I’ll be there representing Amazon as a member of the judging panel, and can tell you that it won’t be easy selecting just one winner. From what I’ve seen of the early entries, there is some serious talent represented. I’m excited to participate and hope you’ll take time to stop by the Regency Ballroom next Thursday. Doors open at 10am and the winning title will be announced at 6pm.

Register now to get your ticket in advance.

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December 04, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Millions of customers will be opening new Amazon devices this holiday season, so there has never been a better time to publish your app or game to the Amazon Appstore. According to statistics just released, Amazon device sales over Black Friday and the following weekend tripled those of the year before. The number one best-selling product across all of Amazon.com was the Fire tablet, followed by the Fire TV Stick.

The Fastest-Selling Amazon Tablet Ever

Much of this sales growth may be attributed to Amazon’s new 7” Fire tablet, launched just this year. At only $49.99, it has become the fastest-selling Amazon tablet ever, with millions sold since launch. This may be the first tablet you can buy in a “six-pack,” and costing only $250, that option has been popular. According to Dave Limp, SVP, Amazon Devices, “We’ve reached a tipping point with Fire—it is our fastest-selling tablet ever. We’ve already built millions—and we’re ramping up production to build millions more.”

For Fire OS and Android developers, this is exciting news. With each Fire tablet sold, the potential audience for your app or game grows larger, even if you’ve never developed for an Amazon device before. Most Android apps we’ve tested work on Fire with no code changes, so bringing your existing product to these new customers can be as simple as submitting it to the Amazon Appstore. Getting started is easy.

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December 04, 2015

Peter Heinrich

For anyone who has toyed with the idea of creating a mobile game but felt intimidated by the technical requirements, Amazon’s Ankur Prasad shows how to build a game without programming code. Level Zero is a tutorial eBook that explains, step by step, how you can use Scirra’s Construct 2 to set up characters, create backgrounds, and implement game mechanics—all without complicated coding. Level Zero introduces the beginning game developer to Construct 2, a development environment that allows you to build rich interactive experiences through a drag-and-drop behavior system. Published and originally available only on Amazon, Level Zero can now be downloaded for free from Scirra’s website.

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December 02, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of November 23rd on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Leverage Amazon Fling’s Remote Install to Increase Discovery of Fire TV Apps & Games Directly from Mobile Devices

We announced a new feature on the Amazon Fling SDK which allows discovery of Fire TV apps directly from iOS, Android, and Fire mobile devices by leveraging a new API called Remote Install.

Announcing New Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Features: Voice Simulator and Yes, No, Repeat and StartOver Built-In Intents

We announced a new Voice Simulator that you can use to create SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) without having to make calls to your Alexa skill or the need for an Alexa device. This new tool will let you experiment with SSML speech tags and then immediately hear how Alexa will say them.

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November 23, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of November 16th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Building Unity Games for Fire TV: Part 3 – Working with Sprites

In part three of this multi-part video tutorial series, Jesse Freeman goes over how to build a simple 2d side scrolling game for the Amazon Fire TV. In these videos he’ll go over working with sprites in Unity’s new 2D workflow

Announcing the Latest Alexa Fund Recipient: Sutro

Today we announced the next recipient of the Alexa Fund, Sutro. Sutro is creating a connected smart pool monitor that uses breakthrough technology to remove the burden of water maintenance and enable homeowners to focus on enjoying their pool and spa investments.

Dev Chat with NeuroNation: Driving User Engagement and Monetizaton with Amazon Underground

In this edition, the team behind NeuroNation explains how their focus on the customer experience has fostered increased user engagement and how they view Amazon Underground as a unique opportunity.

Build Your First Mobile App – No Coding Experience Required

We discuss some of the platforms with easy DIY tools available for those looking to build an app, but don’t have a team of developers or any coding knowledge.

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November 16, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of November 9th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Building Unity Games for Fire TV: Part 2 – Working with Scripts and Prefabs

In part two of this multi-part video tutorial series, Jesse Freeman goes over how to build a simple 2d side scrolling game for the Amazon Fire TV.

Announcing Single Sign-On and E-commerce Plugins for Login with Amazon

We announced a streamlined experience for Amazon customers logging in through websites and mobile apps, adding new support for single sign-on across multiple platforms.

Top Tips: Create Engaging Alexa Skills Your Users Will Love

This post combines feedback and best practices from Dave Isbitski’s learnings, our Alexa voice design experts, and countless others who have given feedback and input (including many Echo customers) on the types of interactions that work best.

What’s for Dinner: Hands-Free in the Kitchen with Campbell Soup

Campbell’s Kitchen launched their Alexa skill in October 2015. Based on their customer research, Campbell’s knew that customers wanted help with a simple question – what should I make for dinner?

Amazon Developers: You Can Now Boost Your Monetization with Supersonic

We’re excited to announce that Amazon developers can now monetize their apps using Supersonic, a leading mobile monetization and user acquisition platform. The company works with publishers of all sizes, from indie developers to large game studios, helping maximize ad revenues and acquire quality users.

Announcing New Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Features: SSML Audio Tags and Developer Portal Updates

We are excited to announce some Alexa Developer Portal updates and new SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) audio tag support. All of these updates are available for you to use immediately within your own Alexa skills.

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November 11, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Since 2013, Login with Amazon has provided an OAuth 2.0 protocol authentication system that allows websites and mobile apps to securely connect with more than 250 million Amazon customers.

Now we’ve streamlined the login experience for those customers, adding new support for single sign-on across multiple platforms. We’ve also introduced new plugins to make it easier than ever to use Login with Amazon from your website. These new features are part of our ongoing efforts to bring more value to our developer community.

Single Sign-On for Multiple Platforms

We’re proud to announce that, with the release of the latest Login with Amazon SDK for iOS (v.2.1.0), single sign-on is now supported across web, Fire tablet, Android, and iOS applications. Login with Amazon provides a single sign-on experience by automatically authenticating customers using the Amazon account they’re already signed into.

Customers who click Login with Amazon on your website are automatically signed in if they’re also signed into Amazon.com in the same browser session. On Fire tablets, Login with Amazon uses the Amazon account registered to the device for authentication. On Android and iOS, the account signed into the Amazon Mobile Shopping app is used for authentication. See Introducing 1-Click Sign In on our website for more information.

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November 03, 2015

Peter Heinrich

Here is a recap of new posts for the week of October 26th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog:

Spend Less & Play More with Amazon Coins

We announced a special 20% discount on Amazon Coins for your customer that purchase 5,000 or 10,000 coin bundles from October 24 – November 1. Amazon Coins gives customers more ways to buy, and more incentives to download and use your apps and games.

New Advertise Your App Feature: Upload Custom Creative

We announced a new feature to Advertise Your App that allows you to use custom creative for your ads. Advertise Your App helps you drive installs by promoting your app to millions of users through ads on Fire tablet wakescreens and mobile placements on the Amazon Mobile Ad Network.

Take the National Developer Trends Survey

Vision Mobile launched the 10th Edition of their National Developer Trends Survey. Take part in the largest developer survey and win prizes and access to reports.

Dev Chat with Curzon: Bringing the Big Screen Cinema Experience Home with Fire TV

In this edition of Dev Chat, Philip Mordecai from Curzon reveals why Amazon Fire TV provided the ideal platform to deliver its premium content into the heart of the living room.

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