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October 25, 2016Peter Heinrich
Here is a recap of new posts for the week of October 17th on the Amazon Developer Blog:
Announcing Alexa State of the Union and Hands-on Workshops at AWS re:Invent 2016
Alexa VP and Head Scientist Rohit Prasad will present a State of the Union on Alexa and recent advances in conversational AI at AWS re:Invent 2016. The Alexa team will also offer six hands-on workshops to teach developers how to build voice experiences.
Building Retroids with GameMaker:Studio – Part 9: Achievements
Our “Building Retroids” series has come to an end. Now is the time to unlock achievements for your users with GameCircle Achievements configuration. Achievements and trophies are available on most platforms today and help build engagement with your players.
Driving Engagement: Top 10 Tips for Effective Alexa Skill Card Design
In our new guide, Best Practices for Skill Card Design, you can learn how to best present information on cards for easy consumption by customers. Skill cards contain the same information (image and text) everywhere they appear, but have differing layouts depending on the access point, the Alexa app or Fire TV.
Using the Login with Amazon WordPress Plugin
There are a number of plugins available to help you integrate Login with Amazon (LwA) into your website. One of these is the LwA plugin for WordPress. If you allow users to log in to your WordPress installation, it can be useful to let them use their Amazon credentials to log in, giving them one less ID/password combination to remember.
Five Ways to Keep App Users Engaged
Because average users only spend about two hours a day using apps, there isn’t much time to convince customers that your mobile game is where they should be spending their time. Mike Hines shares five suggestions that can help you capture your users’ attention and keep them engaged.
In-App Purchasing Lessons from the Top 50 Game Developers
Over the past year, thought leaders at the Amazon Appstore have been sharing in-app purchasing lessons we have observed in a recent study of the top 50 game developers. Our top 5 lessons are now available as free eBook: "In-App Purchasing Lessons from the Top 50 Developers".
You Can Now Voice Control Philips Hue Devices with the Alexa Voice Service
Philips Hue launched a new cloud-based Alexa skill, making the same smart home voice controls accessible on the Echo available on all Alexa-enabled third-party products through the Alexa Voice Service API. Best of all, your customers can enable the new Hue skill today—no additional development work needed.
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