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Alexa Live 2020 Release Roundup

Below are all features we launched at Alexa Live 2020.

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More Natural Experiences 

These features help your skills understand customers better, respond to a wide range of conversational phrases and unexpected turns, and sustain long back-and-forth interactions.

Natural Experiences

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
Alexa Conversations (beta) Create Alexa skills that feel more natural with fewer lines of code Docs
Blog
US
ASR Evaluation Use ASR Evaluation to measure your skill’s speech recognition with audio files - now integrated with NLU evaluation Docs
Blog
All
DNN Models for NLU (rollout) Deep neural networks (DNNs) can help improve Alexa's natural language understanding Blog US
Dynamic Catalogs (coming soon) Progamatically update slot values with dynamic catalogs Blog All
Multi-Value Slots (beta) Receive multiple slot values and respond to more complex utterances  Docs
Blog
All English language locales
Alexa Entities (preview) Retrieve more information on slot values for a better customer experience

Blog

Preview Form

All
App-to-App Account Linking App to app account linking can now be initated from the Alexa App without the need to re-enter credentials Docs
Blog
All
Person Profile API Skills incorporating Alexa voice profiles can now create even more personalized experiences Docs
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All
Skill Limit Access (preview) Verify which voice profile is accessing your Alexa Skill with Limit Access

Blog

Preview Form

US

 

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Immersive Audio and Visual Experiences 

These features help your skills support touch as well as voice for input, and use rich sounds and visuals to convey information and engage customers.

Immersive Audio

    

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
APL for audio (beta) Mix Alexa speech, sound effects, music, and other audio at runtime with APL for audio Docs
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All
Alexa Web API for Games GA Build visually impressive and animated Alexa games with existing web technologies such as HTML5 Docs
Blog
All
APL 1.4 Add visuals to your skills with APL 1.4 Docs
Blog
All
Visual Studio Code Plug-in for APL Author and render APL locally with Alexa Skills Kit toolkit for Visual Studio Code Docs
Blog
All
JSX for APL (beta) Author APL documents using JSX and React along with SDKv2 and the latest SDK Docs
Blog
All
Multimodal Responses (preview) Easily build unified audio and visual responses in your skills

Blog

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Delight Customers On the Go 

These features help your skills do more for your customers outside the home. 

On the Go

 

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
Skill Resumption (preview) Allow customers to easily return to your skill after using Alexa accomplish another task

Blog

Preview Form 

US
Alexa for Apps (preview) You can now enable customers to quickly get to key content and functionality in your app, just by asking Alexa.

Docs
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Reach More Customers

These features make it easier for customers to discover, enable, and use both your skills and your premium experiences.

Reach More

    

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
NFI Toolkit (preview) Pass signals that Alexa can consider for name-free requests

Blog

Preview Form

US, UK, IN
Quick Links for Alexa (beta) Customers can launch your skills by clicking a link from your mobile app, website, or online ads Docs
Blog
US, es-US
Alexa Hosted Skills Upgrades and Regional Deployment Alexa-Hosted Skills are now hosted closer to your customers Docs
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All
Invocation Dashboard (preview) Included with the NFI toolkit preview, you can now see how your skills are invoked

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All
Locale Clone Save time while creating a new locale by cloning a previously built locale Docs
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All
Customer Satisfaction Analytics (beta) You can now understand customer satisfaction with your skill with customer satisfaction analytics Docs
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US
Custom Tasks (beta) Custom tasks (beta) let you expose skill functions outside your skill Docs
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All
In-Skill Purchases on Amazon.com (limited rollout) Customers can now find and purchase ISPs on Amazon.com Blog US, es-US
In-Skill Purchases on Screened Echo Devices Customers can now purchase ISPs from Echo Devices with screens Blog US, es-US


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Developer Productivity 

These tools help you make the most out of your time developing Alexa skills. 

Natural Experiences

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
Skill Versioning and Rollback Rollback the current version of your live skill to a previously live version without entering manual certification Docs
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All
Dev Console Homepage Redesign ASK Dev Console has a new look and allows you to do more Console All
ASK SDK Controls framework

The new Controls Framework makes it easier and faster to code manage multi-turn skills Docs
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All
Alexa Skills Toolkit for Visual Studio Code Build and test Alexa skills locally with VS Code Docs
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All
Open Source Template Repository for Alexa-Hosted Skills Introducing new Alexa-Hosted Skills templates with added feature support Docs
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All

 

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Connect Devices to Alexa

These features make it easier to build smart home products that customers can control from millions of Alexa devices.

connect devices

Feature Description Relevant Links Availability
Alexa Connect Kit Module with Espressif Chipset Introducing added support for a new Alexa Connect Kit (ACK) Module with Espressif chipset, as much as 50% lower in cost.

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