Echo owners can now create Alexa skills
Amazon is announcing a new program today that will allow people to create their own games and other programs for their Alexa-powered devices.
Why it matters: The move — part of Amazon's ever-growing expansion plans — could both boost loyalty to Amazon's platform and help people make their own devices more useful.
- The so-called "blueprints" can do things like have recorded info for babysitters or house guests, create flash cards and play customized trivia games.
- Developing traditional Alexa skills requires some amount of coding. At a briefing last month, I was able to write a basic Alexa skill — with some help — in a couple of hours. By contrast, these blueprints allow people to have custom apps in minutes — no coding required.