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Feature updates are categorized into the following types of releases:

  • Preview: This feature is not immediately available for all developers. Developers are required to sign up and agree to the terms of the release to use.
  • Beta: This feature may lack important functionality and may have future breaking changes, but is operational and available to all developers.
  • Generally Available: This feature is immediately available for all developers in all commercial regions (unless otherwise noted), and developers can use it to run production workloads.

To understand locale availability of features, use this quick reference table. To learn more about reading documentation, see our tips.

Date Name Summary Locale  Links Release Type Category
Coming Soon Automated Registration Use automated registration to easily associate a device with your smart home skill  

Alexa Blog

Interest form 

Coming Soon  

3/2/2020

Fallback Intent Available in hi-IN and pt-BR

The Amazon.FallbackIntent expands to Hindi and Portugese

IN, BR

Documentation

Generally Available

Request APIs

Custom Skills

2/26/2020

Automated Locale Distribution (Console)

Give Alexa permission to publish qualified live skills to all locales of the same language

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

2/13/2020

Shared Slots

You can now share custom slot types between your skills

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Request APIs

Custom Skills

2/3/2020

ChangeReport Accuracy Rate

New Smart Home Analytic Metric: ChangeReport Accuracy Rate

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Analytics

2/3/2020

Smart Home Live Debugger

Smart Home Live Debugger Now Supports Proactive Discovery and Delete Events

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

1/16/2020

Live Skill Updates

Select updates to live Alexa skills can now be made almost instantly

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

1/7/2020

Skill Development Notification Service (SDNS)

Receive notifications about Alexa skill development events with the Skill Development Notifications Service (SDNS)

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

12/16/2019

Knowledge Skills (Preview)

Announcing Alexa Knowledge Skills (Preview): Query Your Organization's Data Without Writing Code or Invoking a Skill Name

All

Alexa Blog

Preview

Knowledge Skills

Request APIs

12/11/2019

Custom Tasks (preview) and Direct Skill Connecitons

Create custom connected skill experiences with tasks (preview) and direct skill connections

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Preview

Custom Skills

System Function APIs

12/11/2019

APL Authoring Tool - Save

Save and clone APL documents in the APL authoring tool

All

Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

12/6/2019

SMAPI SDK

Build faster on SMAPI using the new SMAPI SDK for Node.js, Python, and Java

All

Documentation - Node.js

Documentation - Java

Documentation - Python

Generally Available

Custom Skills

SDKs

12/4/2019

Automatic Locale Distribution

Let Alexa distribute your skill to same-language locales with automated locale distribution in the ASK CLI

All

Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

11/26/2019

Skill Performance Metrics in the Skill Quality Dashboard

Improve skill performance with new skill metrics on latency and responsiveness

All

Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Analytics

11/26/2019

Networking API

Use the new networking API to control your networking devices

 

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

11/26/2019

Semantic Extensions

Use semantic extensions to integrate any feature of any device with Alexa

US, DE

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

11/26/2019

Updated Cooking APIs

Updated cooking APIs support expanded modes and enable control of the oven and food temperature

 

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

11/26/2019

Inventory Sensors and Dash Replenishment

Use new inventory sensors to report inventory states and for easy re-ordering

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

11/26/2019

Alexa Emotions and Speaking Styles

Use new Alexa emotions and speaking styles to create a more natural voice experience

US, AU

Alexa Blog

Documentation - Emotions

Documentation - Speaking Styles

Generally Available 

Custom Skills

Response APIs

11/20/2019

Ordinal & Phone Number Built-in Slots (Beta)

PhoneNumber (beta) and Ordinal (beta) built-in slot types expand to all locales

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation- PhoneNumber

Documentation- Ordinal

Beta

Custom Skills

11/20/2019

FallBack Intent for JP, FR, IT, and ES

The Amazon.FallbackIntent expands to all French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese language locales; 

JP, FR, IT, ES

Alexa Blog

Documentation 

Generally Available

Custom Skills

11/19/2019

ISP for France, Italy, and Spain

In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) now available in France, Italy, and Spain

FR, IT, ES

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

11/18/2019

Web API for Games (Preview)

Build games with web technologies (preview)

All

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Preview

Game Skills

Development Tools

11/8/2019

Voice Permissions for Reminders

Customers can now use voice to give your skills permission for reminders

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

System Function APIs

11/1/2019

Self Service Alexa Skill Publication

Pick your skill’s release date with self service skill publishing

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

10/31/2019

Automated Test Tool for Lighting & Thermostat (Beta)

Alexa Smart Home Developers Can Now Use Automated Tests for Lighting and Thermostat Devices (Beta)

All

Documentation - CLI

Documentation - SMAPI

Beta

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

10/30/2019

Aditional AWS Lambda Region Support

Support for additional AWS Lambda regions as endpoints in Alexa skills

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

10/30/2019

Skill Personalization

You can now offer personalized experiences for your Alexa skill customers

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Personalization APIs

10/22/2019

Kids ISP

Premium Experiences Now Available for Kid Skills in the US

US

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Kids Skills

Transaction APIs

10/21/2019

APL (Character Displays)

Build skills on the Echo Dot with clock with Alexa Presentation Language (APL)

All

Documentation

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

10/16/2019

APL 1.2

Use new APL features to enhance your skills

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

10/7/2019

Spanish (US)

Publish Spanish skills in the US and Make Money with In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) and Alexa Developer Rewards

es-US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

10/7/2019

Utterance Conflict Detection

Improve accuracy of your Alexa skill by resolving utterance conflicts detected by Utterance Conflict Detection

All

Documentation

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Development Tools

10/3/2019

Get Metrics API (Beta)

Programatically retrieve skill usage data with the Get Metrics API (Beta)

All

Documentation

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Analytics

9/30/2019

NLU Evaluation

Batch test your skill model with the NLU Evaluation Tool

All

Documentation Console

Documentation API

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Development Tools

9/25/2019

Alexa Connect Kit (ACK)

Use the Alexa Connect Kit to easily make your devices smart

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

9/25/2019

Non-controllable States

Use non-controllable states to give customers information on states they cannot control

US

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

9/25/2019

Simple Setup (GA for Wi-Fi and Zigbee, Preview for Bluetooth)

Join us in the Frustration Free Setup initiative

US

Alexa Blog

Web page

Generally Available

Preview

Smart Home Skills

9/25/2019

Alexa Education Skill API (Preview)

The Alexa Education Skill API (Preview) allows you to easily create voice interfaces for Education Technology Applications

US

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Preview

Education Skills

Request APIs

9/25/2019

Alexa Presentation Language (GA)

Publish visually rich, interactive skills with Alexa Presentation Language (APL), now generally available

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

9/12/2019

Develop Alexa-hosted skills in Python

Python developers can now get started quickly with Alexa skills. Alexa-hosted skills now support Python from both the Alexa Developer Console and the ASK CLI.

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

9/5/2019

Reference Based Catalog Management

Populate custom slot values with URL reference to an existing catalog

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

8/27/2019

App-to-App Account Linking

Use App-to-App Account Linking and New Skill Activation API to Simplify Skill Setup

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - Account Linking

Documentation - Skill Activation API

Generally Available

Account Linking APIs

8/23/2019

ASK CLI Beta on Github

Join the ASK CLI beta, now open source

All

Alexa Blog

Beta

Development Tools

8/22/2019

Smart Home Operations in Developer Console

New operational metrics available for smart home developers

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

8/22/2019

SDK Productivity Releases

New ASK SDK Support for Express.js and Jinja

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

SDKs

8/15/2019

Custom Interfaces (Gadgets)

Introducing Custom Interfaces to Build Dynamic Gadgets, Games, and Smart Toys

All

Alexa Blog

Resources

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

7/29/2019

SMAPI Error Response Improvement

Improved response structure for client errors in the CLI and SMAPI

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

7/25/2019

Skill Flow Builder

Create story-based game skills faster with Skill Flow Builder

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Game Skills

Development Tools

7/23/2019

Quick Builds Developer Console

Quickly test your VUI with Quick Builds, now on the Developer Console

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

7/3/2019

Alexa Presentation Language 1.1 (Beta)

Introducing animation, improved tools, and the Alexa design system

All

Alexa Blog

Beta

Custom Skills

Response APIs

7/1/2019

Skill Connections

Improve productivity by outsourcing tasks to other skills with Skill Connections, now Generally Available

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

System Function APIs

6/28/2019

Skills GameOn SDK

Easily integrate leaderboards into your game skills using the skills GameOn SDK (Beta)

All

Alexa Blog

Beta

Game Skills

SDKs

6/20/2019

ASK Sound Library

Access 2,500 new sounds in the Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library to build delightful experiences

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

6/14/2019

In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) for Kid Skills in the US (Preview)

Developers can build premium kid skills for the US skill store using ISP or in-skill purchasing.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Preview

Kids Skills

Transaction APIs

5/30/2019

In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) Expands to the UK, Germany and Japan

Developers can now monetize their skills in the US, UK/Ireland, Germany/Austria and Japanese skill stores.

All, excluding IN

Alexa Blog - Japan

Alexa Blog - UK/DE

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

5/24/2019

Skill Package 2.0

Manage your skill as a single package using Skill Package API

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

5/15/2019

SMAPI Granular Model Builds

Quickly test your VUI with SMAPI Granular Model Builds

All

Documentation - Build and Save

Documentation - Get Skill Status

Generally Available

Development Tools

Custom Skills

5/6/2019

Smart Home Camera Person Detection

Enhance Smart Home Camera CX with Person Detection

US

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

4/23/2019

ASK CLI: Multi-turn

Simulate a multi-turn conversation with the ASK CLI

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

4/22/2019

APL Features

New APL Features

All

Documentation - Math and String

Documentation - Set-Value

Beta

Custom Skills

Response APIs

4/18/2019

Alexa-hosted Skills GA

Alexa-hosted Skills Extends to the ASK CLI

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

4/18/2019

New SDK Features

ASK SDKs Are Now Easier to Use and Integrate

All

Documentation - Java Templates

Documentation - Python Web Framework

Documentation - Java Utilities

Documentation - Python Utilities

Documentation - Node Utilities

Generally Available

SDKs

4/10/2019

Alexa in Brazil

Reach new Customers in Brazil

BR

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

All Skills

4/4/2019

Healthcare Skills

Introducing New Healthcare Skills

US

Alexa Blog

Preview

Healthcare Skills

Request APIs

3/27/2019

Alexa for Business Blueprints

Create Alexa Skills for Your Organization in Minutes with Alexa for Business Blueprints

All

Alexa Blog

Web Page

Generally Available

Business Skills

3/25/2019

Dynamic Entities

The new dynamic entities capability allows you upload new slot values at any point within a skill session so you can personalize your skill

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

3/12/2019

Room Booking API

Voice-Enable Your Room Booking Service and Reserve Meeting Rooms with Alexa

US

AWS Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Business Skills

Request APIs

3/12/2019

Versioning

Versioning Helps You Iterate Interaction Models Faster and Make Skill Building More Efficient

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

3/7/2019

Automotive Flag

Optimize Experiences for Alexa Auto Vehicles and Devices

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - Best Practices

Documentation - Automotive Flag

Generally Available

Personalization APIs

2/28/2019

Intent Chaining

The New Intent Chaining Capability Helps You Create More Natural Conversations Using Dialog Directives

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

2/27/2019

Slot Value Suggestion

Create more accurate and complete custom slots faster using suggestions

All English language locales

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

2/13/2019

Blueprints Publishing

Now anyone can create and publish an Alexa skill in minutes, with no coding required, using Alexa Skill Blueprints

US

Alexa blog

Web Page

Generally Available

Blueprint Skills

2/13/2019

NLU 2.0 Slots International

11 additional built-in slot types are now available in international locale

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

2/4/2019

APL voice-based selection, video transport controls

Use Voice-Based Selection and Video Transport Controls for APL Skills to Improve Customer Experience

All

Documentation - APL Transport

Documentation - Voice Based

Beta

Custom Skills

Response APIs

1/22/2019

In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) in the Developer Console

Now you can build a skill with in-skill purchasing (ISP) directly in the developer console

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

Development Tools

1/22/2019

In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) in the Developer Console

Now you can build a skill with in-skill purchasing (ISP) directly in the developer console

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

1/10/2019

Auto-Delegate

Auto-Delegate Simplifies Working with Dialog Models, Helping You Build, Test and Publish Faster

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

1/10/2019

Utterance Profiler

Improve Your Interaction Model With Utterance Profiler

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - SMAPI/CLI

Documentation - Console

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

1/7/2019

Developer Console Publication Status

Manage and Control Your Skills through the Alexa Developer Console or SMAPI

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - SMAPI/CLI

Documentation - Console

Generally Available

Development Tools

1/7/2019

Developer Console Publication Status

Manage and Control Your Skills through the Alexa Developer Console or SMAPI

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - SMAPI/CLI

Documentation - Console

Generally Available

Development Tools

12/14/2018

Test Live Skills Using the Developer Portal, SMAPI, or the ASK CLI

Developers can test live Alexa skills with the same toolset used to test skills during development.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - Skill Invocation API

Documentation - Skill Simulation API

Documentation - Console

Generally Available

Development Tools

12/13/2018

Security Panel Controller API

Allow your customers to arm, disarm, and query their security systems with Alexa

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

12/12/2018

ProactiveEvents API

Send Timely Information to Your Alexa Skill Customers with the ProactiveEvents API

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

System Function APIs

12/11/2018

More Information in the Debugging Tools

Device logs in the debugging tools show the intents considered and discarded, helping you see where additional samples might help train your model to resolve more utterances and further improve accuracy

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

12/11/2018

Intent History

A new tool helps you map utterances to the intents or slots in your interaction model, making it easier to adjust the model and correctly resolve more spoken requests.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

12/4/2018

Toggle, Range, and Mode capability interfaces

The new Mode, Range, and Toggle capability interfaces enable you to integrate any feature of any device with Alexa

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

11/20/2018

Expanded availability for the Fallback Intent

The Fallback Intent is now available in German

DE

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

11/20/2018

Works with Alexa Console (Beta)

The new Works with Alexa (WWA) console (beta) provides a streamlined experience to help you achieve WWA certification for your smart devices

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

11/20/2018

APL skill certification and device testing availability

 

All

Alexa Blog

Generally Available

Response APIs

11/20/2018

Works with Alexa Console (Beta)

The new Works with Alexa (WWA) console (beta) provides a streamlined experience to help you achieve WWA certification for your smart devices.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

11/20/2018

ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code GA

The ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code is now Generally Available with added code snippet generation for the Python ASK SDK.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

11/20/2018

Python Support Added for the ASK CLI

The ASK CLI now has hook scripts available which support the deployment of Python skills.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

11/16/2018

Wake-on-LAN Controller

Introducing the Wake-on-LAN Controller, which enables customers to use Alexa to power on smart devices that have gone into a low power mode and cannot be woken up via the cloud.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

11/15/2018

Alexa Hosted Skills (Preview)

Build your VUI and backend service in the ASK Developer Console.

All

Alexa Blog

Preview

Custom Skills

Development Tools

11/13/2018

Slot Validation for ASK Dialog Management

Now Alexa can automatically re-prompt your users who provide unacceptable slot values in delegated dialogs.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

11/8/2018

New CLI Dialog Command, Updated Simulation API

You can now test multi-turn conversations using the ASK command line interface (CLI) and skill management API (SMAPI) as well as in the the developer console.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

10/31/2018

Reminders API

Enable your skills to set and manage reminders for your customers.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

System Function APIs

10/30/2018

ASK Music Skill API Now Generally Available

Now you can enable your customers in the US to access your entire music catalog via voice on Alexa-enabled devices.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Music Skills

Request APIs

10/30/2018

Alexa Presentation Language Public Beta

Now you can use APL to use multimodal skills for Alexa devices with screen.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Custom Skills

Response APIs

10/25/2018

Skill Activation Metrics

Skill activation metrics, including details about skill enablement and account linking, help you gain insights into your skill’s lifecycle.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Analytics

Account Linking APIs

10/23/2018

Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills Now Generally Available

Now you can use 27 different Amazon Polly voices in your Alexa skills, in all locales supported by Alexa.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

10/17/2018

Skill Package API

New Skill Package APIs in SMAPI allow you to manage your skill as a single package rather than by component.

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

10/11/2018

Doorbell APIs

New doorbell APIs for smart home cameras and doorbells, unlocking new customer scenarios in home automation and monitoring.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

10/2/2018

Additional Built-in Slot Types Now Available in All Alexa Locales (Beta)

You can use now use seven new built-in slot types in all Alexa locales to save time in your skill development and to improve your customer experience.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Custom Skills

Request APIs

9/25/2018

Consumables In-Skill Purchasing

A consumable is an in-skill product that customers can purchase, use, and then purchase again. As is the case with one-time purchase and subscription in-skill purchasing (ISP), developers can build skills with consumables using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Command-Line Interface (CLI).

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

9/20/2018

New Smart Home Developer Tools

New developer tools in preview make device setup easier for customers and let you extend voice control to any device, and to any feature in your device.

US

Alexa Blog

Preview

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

9/18/2018

ASK SDK for Python Now Generally Available

Use the ASK SDK for Python to simplify development of the backend cloud service for your Alexa skill.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

SDKs

9/12/2018

Optional Account Linking

Optional account linking allows customers to enable and use your Alexa skill without first linking their accounts.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Account Linking APIs

8/30/2018

Alexa Icon Builder

Annoucing the Alexa icon builder, enabling you to choose a symbol from the built-in icon library and edit the colors, background, size, and shadow to make a unique icon for your Alexa skill.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

8/28/2018

Contact and Motion Sensor APIs

Contact and motion sensors can now be connected to Alexa, and that updates from sensors can now activate Alexa Routines, unlocking new customer scenarios in home automation, monitoring, and control.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

System Function APIs

8/21/2018

Alexa Settings API

Reference customer preferences for Time Zone, Temperature and Distance units.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Personalization APIs

8/16/2018

Cameras Recap API

The Cameras Recap API enables customers to view recorded smart home camera video feeds on Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets.

US

Alexa Blog

 

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

8/16/2018

Live Debugging for Smart Home Devices (Beta)

You can now view device change reports sent to Alexa and examine their content for errors and reliability.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Smart Home Skills

Development Tools

7/31/2018

ASK Extension for Visual Studio Code

Develop skills more quickly and easily using the ASK extension for Visual Studio Code

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

7/31/2018

Customer Contact Permissions

Request customer permission to use their contact information

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Personalization APIs

7/30/2018

Proactive Discovery and Endpoint Management

Proactive discovery and endpoint management allows customers to seamlessly update and maintain their devices and scenes with less direct interaction.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

7/23/2018

Equalizer (EQ) and Sound Mode Controls

Equalizer (EQ) and sound mode controls enable customers to personalize the tone of the audio playing on their speakers, AV receivers, and sound bars.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

7/12/2018

Fallback Intent expanded availability

Fallback intent is now available for all English locales, and allows you to respond gracefully to unexpected customer requests.

All English language locales

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

7/1/2018

Alexa Kids Skills Now Available in India

Alexa now supports kids skills in India.

US, UK, DE, AU, NZ, IN

Alexa Blog

Web Page

Generally Available

Kids Skills

6/28/2018

ASK SDK for Python (beta)

If you code using Python, you can use the SDK to quickly build and deliver voice experiences

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Custom Skills

SDKs

6/28/2018

Edit or Upload Slot Values in Bulk

Quickly edit or upload slot type values using a CSV file.

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

6/28/2018

Edit or Upload Sample Utterances in Bulk

Quickly edit or upload sample utterances using a CSV file.

All

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

6/25/2018

Interaction Path Analysis

Gain insights with visual representation of customer interactions.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Analytics

6/25/2018

Example Phrases Validation Service - All locales

Example phrase validation is now available for all Alexa language and locales.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

6/20/2018

Multimodal Skills on Fire TV Cube

Deliver visual experiences for Fire TV Cube, Echo Show, and Echo Spot

US (Fire TV Cube)

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Response APIs

6/15/2018

Certification Tab in the Alexa Developer Console

New tools to help you catch common errors before you submit your skill for certification.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

5/30/2018

CanFulfillIntentRequest (Beta)

Help make your US English skills more discoverable when customers do not use your invocation name.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Beta

Custom Skills

System Function APIs

5/3/2018

In-Skill Purchasing

Make money by selling premium digital content to enrich your Alexa skill experience.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

5/3/2018

Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills

Use Amazon’s simple voice purchasing flow to sell physical goods and services.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Transaction APIs

5/1/2018

Fallback Intent

Respond gracefully to unexpected customer requests

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

4/27/2018

Echo Spot Added to Simulator in Developer Console

Test how your Alexa skill will display on Echo Spot in addition to Echo Show.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

Response APIs

4/18/2018

Version 2 of the ASK SDK for Node.js

Develop skills in Node.js faster and reduce the complexity in your code

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

SDKs

4/17/2018

Updated AudioPlayer interface

Send additional metadata about the playing track for display on Echo Show and Echo Spot.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Response APIs

4/12/2018

Example Phrases Validation

Improve your skill’s example phrases and avoid related certification errors.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

4/11/2018

Intent History

Understand how customers are engaging with your skill.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Development Tools

3/30/2018

Video Skill API Updates

Recording, launcher, and state reporting are now available in the video skill API.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Video Skills

Request APIs

3/29/2018

Version 2 of the ASK SDK for Java

Develop skills in Java faster and reduce the complexity in your code.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

SDKs

3/27/2018

New Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console

It's easier than ever to manage the entire lifecycle of your Alexa skills.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

3/2/2018

Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library

Add unique sounds to your skill, with hundreds available in 14 categories

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Response APIs

2/14/2018

YesIntent and NoIntent Compatibility with Dialog Management

Use the built-in Yes/No intents side-by-side with dialog management.

 

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

2/14/2018

PhraseSlots and SearchQuery

Improve accuarcy when you cannot include majority of possible slot values.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Custom Skills

Request APIs

2/1/2018

Skill Management API and Command Line Interface

Programmatically create, update, test, and submit your skills.

All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Development Tools

1/4/2018

Cooking Capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API

Build skills to enable customers to control their microwave ovens using Alexa and voice commands.

US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

Smart Home Skills

Request APIs

 

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Locale Availability

Use this table to understand which skills a feature is available for.

Features Available In... Can Be Used for Skills That...
All Use any supported language model and are published in any supported locale
All English language locales Use the English (AU), English (CA), English (IN), English (UK), and/or English (US) language model and are published in the corresponding supported locale(s)
US Use the English (US) language model and are published in the United States (US)
es-US Use the Spanish (US) language model and are published in the United States (US)
AU Use the English (AU) language model and are published in Australia (AU) and New Zealand (NZ)
BR Use the Portuguese (BR) language model and are published in Brazil (BR)
CA Use the English (CA) or French (CA) language model and are published in Canada (CA)
DE Use the German (DE) language model and are published in Germany (DE) and Austria (AT)
ES Use the Spanish (ES) language model and are published in Spain (ES)
FR Use the French (FR) language model and are published in France (FR)
IN Use the English (IN) language model and are published in India (IN)
hi-IN Use the Hindi (IN) language model and are published in India (IN)
IT Use the Italian (IT) language model and are published in Italy (IT)
JP Use the Japanese (JP) language model and are published in Japan (JP)
MX Use the Spanish (MX) language model and are published in Mexico (MX)
UK Use the English (UK) language model and are published in the UK (UK) and Ireland (IE)