February 20, 2019

Report: Amazon Lets Amateurs Publish Custom Alexa Apps to Broad Audiences

From the The Seattle Times:

Amazon is enlisting customers to create voice-controlled games, broadcast lectures and sermons, and turn blogs into audio presentations available to anyone, through its growing universe of Alexa-enabled speaker-and-microphone devices.

The move, rolled out Wednesday, represents a potentially significant advancement for voice-first computing and content creation – akin to the arrival in the mid-1980s of desktop publishing and blogging a decade later – and one that sets Amazon apart from top competitor Google, said observers and users of the technology.

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In April, Amazon unveiled a set of easy-to-use templates for creating content, called Blueprints, allowing Amazon customers with no coding expertise to build Alexa apps for use on devices linked to their own accounts or shared with family and friends. These included templates to build family trivia games or leave customized instructions for a house sitter.

Now, Amazon has expanded that capability to allow customers to publish skills they’ve built with the templates to its Alexa Skill Store in the U.S. for use by anyone with an Alexa-enabled device. In this way, the company aims to add to a growing catalog of more than 80,000 Alexa skills. 

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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