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Alexa Skills Kit Feature Updates

Date Name Summary Locale  Links Type
07/20/2022 Alexa Shopping Kit Embed shopping experiences within your skill and earn money in the process. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Alexa Skill Deals Setup a discount on your In-Skill Purchases (ISP) and Paid Skills. Customers benefit from a skill deal as they get to experience premium content within a skill (through ISP) or the skill itself (if a paid skill) for a longer period of time at a discounted price. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Skill Developer Accelerator Program (SDAP) The Skill Developer Accelerator Program (SDAP) is an incentive-based program for building high quality skills and grow your business with Alexa. All Alexa Blog Private Beta
07/20/2022 Alexa Routines Kit Alexa Routines Kit enables skill builders to surface pre-built routines to their customers when they interact with their skill. Instead of creating routines from scratch, customers can enable these pre-built routines through simple voice consent and make their favorite skills a part of their daily lives. US Documentation Developer Preview
07/20/2022 Promoted Skills Promoted Skills provide a simple way for skill builders to set up paid campaigns to promote or advertise their skills on Alexa. US Documentation Developer Preview
07/20/2022 Alexa Learning Lab The Alexa Learning Lab is an e-learning product that enables Alexa developers to learn how to build Alexa skills by engaging in practical hands-on learning. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Voice-forward Account Linking (Login with Amazon (LWA)) With Voice-forward Account Linking, customers can easily link the account that they have with the skill builder on other channels with their Alexa account using just voice consent. They can then use voice to sign-in to the skill using Login with Amazon (LWA) and obtain access to personalized content. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Code Sandbox Code Sandbox is a new “show me” feature that lets you view and edit live APL examples in the APL tech docs. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Skill Quality Coach The Skill Quality Coach provides developers with a step-by-step approach for building high quality skills with tailored guidance and feedback. US Documentation Beta
07/20/2022 Alexa for Apps SDK Create a voice assistant for your mobile app and implement search, navigation, and custom interactions. US Interest Form Developer Preview
07/20/2022 Food Skills API Food Skills API leverages the state-of-the-art techniques in conversational AI to make it easier for restaurants to connect with customers and get food to table in new and convenient ways. US Alexa Blog Updates
07/20/2022 APL Audio (APLA) Templates This feature helps developers ramp up quickly on new APLA concepts with full samples. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Multimodal Response Builder Multimodal Response Builder brings multiple steps to create a visual response for your skill into one guided walkthrough in as little as 15 minutes. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 APL best practices for developers APL best practices for developers provides guidance on how to build performance-optimized APL templates. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 APL Accessibility Guide The APL Accessibility Guide is designed to help developers build experiences that are accessible and delightful to customers who are blind or have visual impairments. All Documentation GA
07/20/2022 Skill Components Skill Components are “ready to use” experiences that you can easily add to your skills built using Alexa Conversations, and configure them according to your needs. US Documentation Developer Preview
01/10/2022 A/B Testing Tool A/B test two live experiences of your skill simultaneously and see which one your customers prefer through high confidence data. All Documentation Public Beta
9/24/2020 Motion & Sensing APIs Build motion-capable Alexa skills for the all-new Echo Show 10 All

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7/22/2020

Alexa Conversations

Create Alexa skills that feel more natural with fewer lines of code

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7/22/2020

Quick Links for Alexa

Customers can launch your skills by clicking a link from your mobile app, website, or online ads

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7/22/2020

Skill Resumption

Allow customers to easily return to your skill after using Alexa accomplish another task

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Preview Form

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7/22/2020

ASK SDK Controls framework

The new Controls Framework makes it easier and faster to code manage multi-turn skills

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