Understand the Flash Briefing Skill

You can create a Flash Briefing skill to provide Alexa customers with news headlines and other short content. Typically, a Flash Briefing becomes a part of a customer's daily routine. A Flash Briefing provides a quick overview of news and other content such as comedy, interviews, and lists. A Flash Briefing skill provides content for a customer's Flash Briefing. The Flash Briefing Skill API defines the format of the content.

Customers discover and enable Flash Briefing skills in the Flash Briefing section under settings in the Alexa app, or by searching for "Flash Briefing" in the skills section of the app. Customers can also enable their favorite provider through voice, the first time they listen to a Flash Briefing.

When you create a Flash Briefing skill, you have a chance for your original content to reach customers daily. You can make updates to your content as often as every 15 minutes, but must update it at least daily. Alexa caches your content for optimal performance and minimal latency for customers.


Flash Briefing skills use the pre-built voice interaction model. Customers can ask Alexa for their Flash Briefing by one of the following example utterances.

User: اليكسا، أعطيني موجز الاخبار

User: Alexa, give me my flash briefing

User: Alexa, quelles sont les nouvelles

User: Alexa, quoi de neuf aujourd'hui

User: Alexa, was ist meine tägliche Zusammenfassung

User: Alexa, was sind die Nachrichten?

User: Alexa, मुझे संक्षिप्त में समाचार बताओ

User: Alexa, मुझे समाचार बताओ

User: Alexa, dammi le notizie

User: Alexa, dimmi cosa c'è di nuovo

User: アレクサ、フラッシュニュースを聞かせて

User: アレクサ、フラッシュニュースを再生して

User: Alexa, me mostre o resumo das notícias

User: Alexa, me diga as notícias

User: Alexa, dame mis noticias

User: Alexa, dime las noticias

Who can create Flash Briefing skills for Alexa

You can create a Flash Briefing skill if you own, or have the right to distribute, original text or audio content that updates frequently. Any developer who understands web technologies and can configure HTTPS, RSS and/or JSON content can create a Flash Briefing skill. The voice interactions for a Flash Briefing skill are defined by Alexa, but you must be able edit the format of your content so that the Flash Briefing Skill API can understand it.

Get started with the Flash Briefing Skill API

You use the developer portal to provide the name, image, and description that appear in the skills list, and configure the feeds that populate your Flash Briefing skill with content.

The Flash Briefing skill submission process provides the steps to submit descriptive information about your skill and configure one or more feeds for each skill. You can then test your skill in your Alexa-enabled device and provide additional information about how you handle customer data and privacy. After you provide this information, you can submit your Flash Briefing skill for certification and use by customers.

Next steps to create a skill

To get started to create a Flash Briefing Skill, review the following topics:

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Last updated: Feb 08, 2024