Sunday, May 6, 2018

Amazon Is Finally Helping Developers Turn Alexa Skills Into Money

Fast Company
Amazon Is Finally Helping Developers Turn Alexa Skills Into Money
Amazon Is Finally Helping Developers Turn Alexa Skills Into Money

The voice platform’s new in-skill options for letting people buy content, subscriptions, and physical goods fill a long-standing gap in its capabilities.

Just six months after Amazon revealed the AI-infused Alexa service and Echo smart speaker in November 2014, it began welcoming third-party developers onto its nascent voice platform. They responded in force. In January of 2016 there were 130 Alexa skills; five months after that, the number had swelled to a thousand. It hit 10,000 in February and 25,000 the following December. As of today, Amazon is quoting a new figure: 40,000.

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