You've done it! Together, the Alexa skill builder community has now published more than 100,000 Alexa skills. We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with you and want to thank you for making this possible.
Skill builders come from all walks of life - from those who have never written a line of code, to those with software coding experience, and the companies who are integrating Alexa with their product lines and brands. You have come up with diverse skill ideas and helped customers make Alexa a part of their daily lives whether they are looking for the local weather and traffic, light controls at their homes, productivity tools, entertainment, fitness, education, or shopping.
As developers build more Alexa skills, customers are continuing to use skills more as part of their daily lives. Compared to 2018, customer engagement with skills has doubled in 2019. This growth occurs across a broad range of skills, and some popular categories like Productivity, Education & Reference, and Kids are experiencing triple digit growth so far in 2019.
We are also continuing to release the selection of Alexa enabled devices – including the newest devices that were announced yesterday such as Echo Show 8 and Echo Buds – to help customers engage with Alexa in more places in their homes, cars, and while on the go. And to help you reach more customers through these devices, we are continuing to release tools that help you bring skill ideas to life. Make sure to check out the latest developer tool releases from our event yesterday.
We want to say special thanks to our Alexa skill builders! This milestone was made possible all thanks to your imagination, innovation, and hard work. Thank you for continuing to build enhanced skill experience, and being the pioneers of voice.
Please join our celebration and give a special shoutout to your favorite Alexa skills on social media! Repost our posts (twitter, linkedin facebook, youtube) and let everyone know what your favorite skill is and why, and use the hashtag #ILoveSkills.