January 09, 2018Mike Maas
Editor’s Note: This is an 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.
Over the last few months we’ve announced several exciting new ways for developers to create seamless voice-first experiences for Alexa smart home customers. We released Routines and Groups to give customers additional ways to control their smart home products, and we added smart home camera control with Alexa. Additionally, we updated the Alexa Smart Home Skill API to make it easier for you to support these and other smart home experiences with Alexa.
Our next installment of the resource roundup series features top tutorials and documentation we released last year to help you leverage these updates as you start building new smart home experiences for your customers.
Tune into this on-demand webinar to for an overview of the updated Alexa Smart Home Skill API. You’ll learn the basics of the API and how to add voice control to your smart devices. We’ll cover new functionality and important considerations for migrating existing smart home skills to incorporate new capabilities.
The updated Smart Home Skill API makes it easier for you to support smart home experiences with Alexa. For those of you who already have smart home skills, it’s easy to migrate existing functionality to the updated API. Check out this tutorial and the smart home migration guide to learn how you can ensure a seamless migration for existing customers.
The Smart Home Skill API enables you to provide the most up-to-date information on the state of a smart home device to Alexa, and that information is in turn provided to the customer in the Alexa app.
Read our documentation to learn how smart home skills display in the Alexa app and review best practices to enable the best customer experience with the Alexa app.
Device makers building smart home skills also have the opportunity to qualify for the Works with Amazon Alexa certification program. This program ensures that customers have an intuitive, hassle-free experience when shopping for a smart home device. When your products are certified, they can carry the Works with Amazon Alexa badge, appear in the Alexa Smart Home store, and be considered for additional co-marketing opportunities. Check out the technical documentation on how to obtain Works with Amazon Alexa certification.
Check out the previous posts in our series featuring resources for building new skills, advanced skills, kid skills, and skills for devices with screens. Then, tell us about what you’re building for voice with Alexa. Tweet us using the hashtag #AlexaPioneers.