Amazon rolls out Alexa Skill Blueprints in the US

Rosemary Collier
April 21, 2018

This particular skill doesn't require you to preface it by saying, "Alexa, open such-and-such skill".

Blueprints join a series of voice apps available for Amazon's Alexa, including flash briefings for news, smart home skills, and visual skills for Echo Show and Echo Dot. Now, anyone can create custom Alexa skills even if they don't know how to code. Users can create skills for games, learning, connected home, and storytelling, according to the website. "My family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes". Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as it is, or you can customise it according to your preferences. The experiences they create will appear only on the devices registered to their Amazon account. But to create Alexa skills, a technical background was required.

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Head to the Custom Q&A page, check out the provided samples, then click Make Your Own.

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The Spot features numerous same features that Amazon's other Echo products do, including access to the 15,000 local "skills" (applications) available through Amazon and other third parties. Google Home also doesn't offer this type of customization. We've been very interested to see interactive audio stories start to take off on the smart speaker, and it could be very interesting to see an established author attempt to tell a story through Alexa.

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