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Alexa Live 2021 Release Roundup

Below are all features we launched at Alexa Live 2021.

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Skill Builders   |    Smart Home    |    Industry Solutions    |    Device Makers

Skill Builders

These features make it easier to design new skills, building personalized experiences, and drive growth and monetization opportunities. 

Skill Builders

    

Feature Description Relevant Links
Adaptive Mic Timeout (preview) Give your customers more time to respond using a longer mic timeout  Preview Form
Alexa Conversations (beta DE, developer preview JP) Author sample conversations, called dialogs, in a declarative manner using Alexa Conversations Description Language (ACDL)

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Alexa Skill Insights (beta) Receive customized recommendations to improve your skill quality and monetization opportunities from in-house experts Preview Form
Alexa Entities Retrieve additional factual information for given entities, simplifying content acquisition for your skills

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Alexa Skill Design Guide Design guidance, principles, and best practices for building Alexa Skills Learn more
APL Widgets (preview) Allow customers to perform quick actions while staying in the current screen context

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Featured skill cards on Echo Show (preview) Promote your skill using pre-defined discovery cards, monitor performance, and convert top-of-funnel traffic to long-term engaged customers Preview Form
Recommended skills in popular discovery phrases (preview) Update your NFI container to have your skill suggested as Alexa’s first response to popular phrases Preview Form
Personalized skill suggestions with NFI (preview) Name-free voice interactions surface your skill to customers who have previously expressed interest in your skill Preview Form
Event Based Triggers and Proactive Suggestions (coming soon) Use specific triggers like initiating a morning commute to proactively suggest actions like locking your home Preview Form
NFI Container (preview) Add NFI container to your eligible skills with self-serve experience and reduce friction for existing customers Docs
ISP International Expansion to IN, CA Add In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) to your skill experiences in India and Canada  
Paid Skills Charge your customers upfront to access the core functionality of your skill  
Alexa Shopping Actions (preview) Create a shopping experience within your skill by recommending products Preview Form
Amazon Associates on Alexa (preview) Earn a commission on qualifying purchases from the referrals made using Alexa Shopping Actions Preview Form
Rich Media on Detail Pages (preview) Add media to your skill detail pages on the Alexa app to help customers understand your skill Preview Form
Custom Tasks in Routines (preview) Integrate custom tasks with Alexa Routines to provide customers with richer experiences and drive more traffic to your skills

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ASK Toolkit for VS Code v2.6 Build and test your skills locally with VS Code Toolkit
Interactive Media Vertical Solution (preview) Create interactive experiences connected with your content on Alexa, such as, Song Request to DJ, Polls, and Contests Preview Form
Amazon Music Spotlight Feature (preview) Enables artists to share their latest content with fans curated for Alexa without coding  
Skill Components (preview) Build skills faster by simply plugging them into your existing voice models and code libraries Learn more
Shared Activities API (preview) Unlock new ways for customers to play games by adding asynchronous multiplayer gameplay Preview Form
Food Skill APIs (coming soon) Add functionality at each stage of food ordering using pre-built experiences from discovery to ordering to tracking Preview Form
Skill A/B Testing (preview) Run A/B Tests across multiple skill implementations and monitor new statistical analytics Preview Form
Sync Locales Reduce time by propagating skill updates to additional locales supporting the same language Docs
AI based Sample Utterance Recommendation Engine (beta) Generate variations of samples utterances using machine learning Docs
Fallback intent for new skills Pick the best match for user utterances that you have not predicted Docs
Auto-Defect Reduction Service (ARES) (preview) Identify and fix defective customer interactions with minimal to no effort Preview Form
Customized Pronunciations (preview) Ingest your own pronunciations in Alexa to improve the speech recognition of rare or custom words Preview Forms
Centralized Testing Tools (beta) Test your voice interaction model accuracy with little effort

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Voice Forward Account Linking  (preview) Make conversations more natural by allowing customers to link their third-party accounts or create new accounts using voice alone Preview Form
Voice Forward Consent (preview) Customers can grant permissions to share information such as name, phone number and email address using their voice Preview Form
Alexa for Apps’ Send to Phone (preview) Send customers from your skill on any Alexa-enabled device to an app or website on a customer’s phone Preview Form
Find My (private beta) Help customers find important things they have misplaced such as keys, wallets, headphones, remotes Interest Form
Slot Negation (preview) Allow your customers to indicate things they don't want, like "shoes without white soles" Preview Form



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Smart Home

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

Smart Home

 

Feature Description Relevant Links
Alexa Smart Reorders Help customers manage their supplies by letting them know when those supplies are running low Website
Monitor Energy Consumption for Your Smart Home Devices Allow customers to track and manage the energy usage of their Alexa connected devices in the Alexa App

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Automatically detect Alexa compatible smart home devices  Automatically detect Alexa compatible devices in the customer’s home Interest Form
Enabling your smart detectors to work with Alexa (coming soon) Allow customers to connect their smart safety devices with Alexa to better protect their homes Interest Form
'Matter' Protocol (coming soon) Echo Family Devices (EFDs) will connect to previous non-Matter and new Matter device end points to Alexa

Interest Form

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Alexa Connect Kit: International Expansion (coming soon) Connect your devices to Alexa quickly and easily 

Interest Form

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Industry Solutions

These features make it easy to build voice technology solutions on behalf of industry verticals to help increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences.

Industry Solutions

    

Feature Description Relevant Links
Alexa Management API for programmatic management and customization of experiences Assign devices to properties, enable Alexa skills, create a customized guest experience, and more Docs
Alexa for Residential voice-enabled experiences Build, market, and sell Alexa capabilities at scale to residential properties Docs
Multi-modal customization for Alexa for Hospitality (coming soon) Customize notifications and visual messaging at scale for your customers using Alexa devices with screens Docs
No Code API management to configure scaled experiences  Use the fleet management API console to build scaled voice experiences for hospitality businesses Contact us
HIPAA-eligible Alexa capabilities for health care organizations  Access the Alexa Health Skill Program and build an Alexa Skill to deliver remote care to their patients at home Contact us


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Device Makers

These features make it easier to select the right combination of Alexa technologies, define the customer experience, and bring your next product to market. 

Device Makers

Feature Description Relevant Links
Alexa Custom Assistant  Create intelligent assistants tailored to your brand personality and customer needs

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Multi-Agent Experience (or ‘MAX’) Toolkit (preview) Enable device-side orchestration of multiple agent clients running on a single device  
Multi Agent Design Guide Device and voice agent design guidance, principles, and best practices for multiple voice agents to coexist on a device

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AVS ROW expansion Availability of Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to 18 new countries

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