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January 15, 2018Jeff Blankenburg
Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a new series that showcases the top developer tips, tutorials, and educational resources to help you build incredible Alexa skills. Follow the series to learn, get inspired, and start building your own voice experiences for Alexa.
With the release of Echo Show and more recently Echo Spot, developers have even more opportunities to design captivating voice-first experiences. By combining the power of voice with a visual display, you can use Alexa to deliver a completely new way for customers to interact across voice and graphical user interfaces.
All Alexa skills are automatically available on Echo Show and Echo Spot. While your skills will work out of the box, we know that you may want to create visual experiences to complement your skill. Whether you’re building skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot for the first time or optimizing an existing skill for these devices, use these resources to guide you.
For skill developers, voice-enabled devices with a screen create unique opportunities to reimagine voice innovations. With Echo Show and Echo Spot, you can now design interactions that combine a voice user interface (VUI) and a graphical user interface (GUI) for an enhanced customer experience. Check out this post for best practices for designing multimodal interactions, and start building your voice-first skills that shine on all devices with Alexa.
The visual displays of Echo Show and Echo Spot are designed to enhance the voice experience, not replace it. This means you can now complement your skill interactions with imagery, blocks of text, video, list navigation and selection, touch input, and more. With all of these options available, it’s important to design the right voice-first experience for your customer before you build. Review our best practices for creating great multimodal experiences for tips you can apply to your voice design process for Echo Show and Echo Spot.
Designing skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot raises the need to think about new design patterns. With the Echo Show release we covered best practices for choosing the right display template and the right list template. The templates for Echo Show will scale for Echo Spot, making it easier to quickly design visual experiences across devices. However, there are some notable differences in how you should use the templates due to the different sizes and shapes of the devices. Reference this post for more insight on choosing the right templates to streamline your voice experience.
We’ve updated the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide with new design best practices and guidelines to teach you how to build compelling experiences across voice and graphical user interfaces. This includes using imagery, video, and formatted text in the new visual templates. The guide is also a great resource for voice design basics, providing a thorough overview of the design process, conversational voice experiences, and how to apply fundamental Alexa concepts.
As you build new skills or optimize your skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot, incorporating visual elements introduces new layers to the skill certification process. Follow our tips to ensure you have a smooth certification process for Alexa skills intended for Echo Show or Echo Spot.
Thanks for tuning into our series in which we shared our top resources for new skill builders, advanced skills, smart home skills, kid skills, and skills for devices with screens. Apply these best practices and tutorials as you’re building for voice with Alexa.
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