The launch of the Amazon Echo and its voice service, Alexa, brought virtual assistants out of our smartphones and into our homes and offices. While the Echo is a solid product, Alexa as a voice platform is where the real value is.
After starting off with 100 things Echo devices could do, the number of available Alexa Skills now tops 100,000. With new devices in the Alexa ecosystem, including a new generation of Echo devices, a Smart Oven, Ring cameras, and the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Echo Loop, the places where Alexa lives continues to increase, bringing new opportunities to build skills that leverage those modalities.
As such, the interest in developing tools for the platform has skyrocketed, with many developers eager to jump into the ecosystem. To help developers and companies better understand how to get started working with Alexa and its related services, we’ve pulled together the most important details and resources.