FAQs about Alexa Skills

Q. What is Alexa?
Alexa is Amazon’s personal Assistant that works on voice command. Alexa powers devices like Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Dot etc. The most important feature of the Alexa is of-course its hands-free voice control, which lets users ask questions without touching the device. Alexa listen to the voice commands and respond accordingly. Alexa is a superhuman assistant and can understand multiple languages such as English, French, German, Japanese. Thus Alexa can interact with millions of users from different countries without any language barrier problems.

Q. Why Alexa?
With Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day. Alexa voice service is available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. There are millions of Alexa users and still growing.

Q. How famous Alexa is?
The number of smart speaker users is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 47.9%, according to a new report by eMarketer. That’s faster than any tech product since the smartphone.

Q. What are Amazon Alexa Skills?
Alexa comes with many capabilities like playing music, reading the news, creating your shopping list, setting alarms, know about the weather etc. These are referred as the Alexa Skill.

The first step in building a new skill is to decide what you want your skill to do. Hence, Alexa supports building different types of skills.

  • Custom Interaction
  • Flash Briefing Skills

Q. What is Alexa Custom Skill?
For example, “let customers order food from your restaurant by voice command”. You can do this by building a custom Alexa Skills. Alexa Skills are apps that give Alexa more new abilities and make her smart. Alexa Skills can perform tasks from playing songs to booking cab and many more. For example, a skill could do any of the following: - Play some Music - Order a pizza - Request a taxi

Q. What is Flash Briefing?
A flash briefing provides a quick overview of news and other content such as comedy, interviews, and podcasts. A flash briefing skill provides content for a customer’s daily dose of briefing. You can enable flash briefing skills in the flash briefing section under settings in the Alexa app, or by searching for “flash briefing” in the skills section of the app.

The words users use to invoke Flash Briefing are:

  • “give me my flash briefing”
  • “tell me the news”

Q. How to create Alexa Flash Briefing Skill?
Create Flash Briefing Skill is very easy and anyone can do it. Here is a guided documentation on How you can create Alexa Flash Briefing.

Q. How to promote Alexa Skill?
Amazon Store provides the listing of your Alexa Skill in the Amazon Alexa Store. This will not only makes your Skill discoverable on Amazon Alexa Store, but also provides branding to your Skill.

Q. Alexa Skills to start your day?
You can use Alexa Skill to start your day. Using Alexa Flash Briefing for morning news and latest headlines. Or you can create your own morning skill for whatever thing interest you, like starting your day by asking Alexa to play some songs of your choice.

For more instruction an Publishing your Skills. Visit the Documentation portion of GoVocal.AI.