We’ve made it easier than ever to create Flash Briefing skills. With the Flash Briefing Skill Blueprint, you simply fill in the blanks of a skill template to share your latest content with customers. Any content owner can use the Flash Briefing Skill Blueprint to add your recorded audio feed URL to the Skill Blueprint directly, enter text content, upload recorded audio files, or record live audio directly within the Blueprints console.
Is there a difference between a Flash Briefing created using Alexa Skill Blueprints or the Flash Briefing API?
Customers will experience your content in the same way, simply by asking, “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing.” There are differences in skill development and management, depending on which path you choose. The Flash Briefing Skill Blueprint enables you to add your audio feed or text directly into the Skill Blueprint, and also allows you to upload recorded audio via file upload, and record audio directly within the Blueprints portal. Direct audio recording and audio upload are incremental content integration offerings not available today within the Flash Briefing API, though skills developed with Skill Blueprints can only be managed within the Blueprints console. The Flash Briefing API allows for more than one audio feed to be managed within one Flash Briefing skill, and enables you to manage your skill with the Alexa Developer Portal and using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Command Line Interface (CLI) and when using the Skill Management API (SMAPI).
How do I get started with the Flash Briefing Skill API?
Start by reading the Flash Briefing Skill API documentation, which details how to configure your content for Flash Briefing as a new skill.
What is the difference between the “Flash Briefing Skill” and “Custom Skill” skill type?
With custom skills, you build a voice interaction model to handle customer requests. With the Flash Briefing Skill API, some of this work is done for you. The Flash Briefing Skill API taps into standardized Amazon language model so you don’t have to build the voice interaction model for your skill. Plus, your customers don’t need to remember your skill name or a specific invocation phrase. They simply need to enable your skill and ask, “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing” to hear your content.
Would I ever create both a Flash Briefing skill and a custom skill?
Yes. If you want to add additional supported utterances or go beyond reading or playing content, you can also create a custom skill. However, content from a custom skill cannot be provided as a part of a customer’s Flash Briefing.
How do I make my Flash Briefing skill accessible to all Alexa customers?
Once you complete development and testing as described, you can submit your skill for certification. Once your skill passes certification you will receive notification and it will be available to customers in the Alexa app.