Release Updates

New Alexa Skills Kit Features and Tools

API and Feature Updates

To understand locale availability of features, use this quick reference table.

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

Alexa Blog

Interest form 

Coming Soon
Coming Soon Networking API Use the new networking API to control your networking devices  

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Coming Soon
Coming Soon Semantic Extensions Use semantic extensions to integrate any feature of any device with Alexa US, DE

Alexa Blog

Interest form

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

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Coming Soon
Coming Soon Web API for Games (Preview) Build Games with Web Technologies (Preview) All

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Coming Soon
Coming Soon Skills Personalization (Preview) Use Alexa voice profiles (preview) to personalize your content for your customers All

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Coming Soon
Coming Soon Inventory Sensors and Dash Replenishment Use new inventory sensors to report inventory states and for easy re-ordering US

Alexa Blog

Interest form

Coming Soon
10/11/19 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
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
10/3/2019 Get Metrics API (Beta) Programatically retrieve skill usage data with the Get Metrics API (Beta) All

Documentation

Alexa Blog

Generally Available
9/30/2019 NLU Evaluation Batch test your skill model with the NLU Evaluation Tool All

Documentation Console

Documentation API

Alexa Blog

Generally Available
9/25/2019 Alexa Connect Kit (ACK) Use the Alexa Connect Kit to easily make your devices smart US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
9/25/2019 Non-controllable States Use non-controllable states to give customers information on states they cannot control US Alexa Blog Generally Available
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
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
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
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
9/5/2019 Reference Based Catalog Management Populate custom slot values with URL reference to an existing catalog All Documentation Generally Available
8/15/2019 Custom Interfaces (Gadgets) Introducing Custom Interfaces to Build Dynamic Gadgets, Games, and Smart Toys All

Alexa Blog

Resources

Generally Available
7/3/2019 Alexa Presentation Language 1.1 (Beta) Introducing animation, improved tools, and the Alexa design system All Alexa Blog Beta
7/1/2019 Skill Connections Improve productivity by outsourcing tasks to other skills with Skill Connections, now Generally Available All Alexa Blog Generally Available
6/28/2019 Skills GameOn SDK Easily integrate leaderboards into your game skills using the skills GameOn SDK (Beta) All Alexa Blog Beta
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
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
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
5/24/2019 Skill Package 2.0 Manage your skill as a single package using Skill Package API All Documentation Generally Available
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
5/6/2019 Smart Home Camera Person Detection Enhance Smart Home Camera CX with Person Detection US Documentation Generally Available
4/23/2019 ASK CLI: Multi-turn Simulate a multi-turn conversation with the ASK CLI All Alexa Blog Generally Available
4/22/2019 APL Features New APL Features All Documentation - Math and String
Documentation - Set-Value
Beta
4/18/2019 New SDK Features ASK SDKs Are Now Easier to Use and Integrate All Documentation - Java Templates
Documenation - Python Web Framework
Documentation - Java Utilities
Documentation - Python Utilities
Documentation - Node Utilities
Generally Available
4/10/2019 Alexa in Brazil Reach new Customers in Brazil BR

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
4/4/2019 Healthcare Skills Introducing New Healthcare Skills US Alexa Blog Preview
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
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
3/12/2019 Room Booking API Voice-Enable Your Room Booking Service and Reserve Meeting Rooms with Alexa US

AWS Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
3/12/2019 Versioning Versioning Helps You Iterate Interaction Models Faster and Make Skill Building More Efficient All Documentation Generally Available
3/7/2019 Automotive Flag Optimize Experiences for Alexa Auto Vehicles and Devices All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - Best Practices
Documenation - Automotive Flag

Generally Available
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
2/27/2019 Slot Value Suggestion Create more accurate and complete custom slots faster using suggestions All English language locales Documentation Generally Available
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
2/13/2019 NLU 2.0 Slots International 11 additional built-in slot types are now available in international locale All Documentation Generally Available
2/5/2019 Baby Activity Skill API Enable Hands-Free Logging for Your Baby Care Apps with the Baby Activity Skill API US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
1/10/2019 Auto-Delegate Auto-Delegate Simplifies Working with Dialog Models, Helping You Build, Test and Publish Faster All Documentation Generally Available
1/10/2019 Utterance Profiler Improve Your Interaction Model With Utterance Profiler All

Alexa Blog

Documentation - SMAPI/CLI
Documenation - Console

Generally Available
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
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
Documenation - Console

Generally Available
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
12/12/2018 ProactiveEvents API Send Timely Information to Your Alexa Skill Customers with the ProactiveEvents API All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
12/11/2018 Mapping Requests to Slots and Intents 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
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
11/20/2018 Expanded availability for the Fallback Intent The Fallback Intent is now available in German DE

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
11/20/2018 APL skill certification and device testing availability   All Alexa Blog Generally Available
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
11/15/2018 Alexa Hosted Skills (Preview) Build your VUI and backend service in the ASK Developer Console. All Alexa Blog Preview
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
10/31/2018 Reminders API Enable your skills to set and manage reminders for your customers. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
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
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
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
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
9/25/2018 Consumables In-Skill Purchasing (CISP) 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
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
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
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
8/21/2018 Alexa Settings API Reference customer preferences for Time Zone, Temperature and Distance units. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
7/31/2018 Customer Contact Permissions Request customer permission to use their contact information All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5/1/2018 Fallback Intent Respond gracefully to unexpected customer requests US

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
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
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
2/14/2018 PhraseSlots and SearchQuery Improve accuarcy when you cannot include majority of possible slot values. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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

 

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Console and Tool Updates

To understand locale availability of features, use this quick reference table.

Date Name Summary Locale Availability Links Release Type
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

Documenation - Account Linking
Documenation - Skill Activation API

Generally Available
8/23/2019 ASK CLI Beta on Github Join the ASK CLI beta, now open source All Alexa Blog Beta
8/22/2019 Smart Home Operations in Developer Console New operational metrics available for smart home developers All Documentation Generally Available
8/22/2019 SDK Productivity Releases New ASK SDK Support for Express.js and Jinja All Alexa Blog Generally Available
7/29/2019 SMAPI Error Response Improvement Improved response structure for client errors in the CLI and SMAPI All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
7/25/2019 Skill Flow Builder Create story-based game skills faster with Skill Flow Builder All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
7/23/2019 Quick Builds Developer Console Quickly test your VUI with Quick Builds, now on the Developer Console All Documentation Generally Available
4/18/2019 Alexa-hosted Skills GA Alexa-hosted Skills Extends to the ASK CLI All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
1/7/2019 Developer Console Publication Status Manage and Control Your Skills through the Alexa Developer Console or SMAPI All

Alexa Blog

Documenation - SMAPI/CLI
Documenation - Console

Generally Available
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
6/28/2018 Edit or Upload Sample Utterances in Bulk Quickly edit or upload sample utterances using a CSV file. All Documentation Generally Available
6/25/2018 Interaction Path Analysis Gain insights with visual representation of customer interactions. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
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
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
4/12/2018 Example Phrases Validation Improve your skill’s example phrases and avoid related certification errors. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
4/11/2018 Intent History Understand how customers are engaging with your skill. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available
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
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
2/1/2018 Skill Management API and Command Line Interface Programmatically create, update, test, and submit your skills. All

Alexa Blog

Documentation

Generally Available

 

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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)