Release Notes

Last Updated: October 11, 2017


The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) now supports Display Cards. This allows products to render “Now Playing” information for music, as well as static display cards for general knowledge questions, weather, to-do and shopping lists, calendar updates, and Alexa skills. For more information, see Display Cards Overview.

Additionally, the SetAlert directive has been extended to support named timers and reminders. For more information, see How to Enable Named Timers and Reminders.

Product Version Release Date
API v20160207 8/3/2017
Java Sample App v20160207.6 10/11/2017

Device Capabilities

The Developer Console now allows developers to choose which capabilities their products support, such as Display Cards. Once enabled, products will have access to specialized APIs. To enable device capabilities, login to the Amazon Developer Portal. Then navigate to Alexa > AVS. Locate your product, click Edit, then click Device Capabilities.

Documentation Updates

Sample App Updates

  • Added support to automatically detect if the AVS Java Sample App should start in headless mode.
  • Added support for Raspbian Stretch.

Known Issues

The following is a list of known issues with the Alexa Voice Service. Use the information below to determine if we're aware of issues impacting you. If you have any questions, comments, or encounter issues with the Alexa Voice Service API, please leverage the Forum and Knowledge Base where we actively monitor and respond to developer feedback and concerns.

AVS API v20160207

Description Scope Solution Status
The initiator parameter is not being sent in the payload of ExpectSpeech directives. Clients using cloud-based wake word verification. N/A Open
The service returns additional Stop directives for Flash Briefing. No user impact. Stop Ignore additional Stop directives. Open

AVS Sample App v20160207.4

Release notes for the AVS Sample App are available in our GitHub repository.

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