Alexa Skills greatly expand what you are able to do with your Amazon Echo, or other Alexa-enabled device. The folks over at techcrunch.com gave a nice introduction to Alexa skills…
You may have not been aware that Amazon was even running a second app store, in addition to its better known Amazon Appstore where it offers a selection of mobile apps for Android and Amazon Fire devices. After all, the Alexa app doesn’t even refer to its list of third-party software as “apps”, rather referring to these add-ons as “skills” instead – meaning, things that expand the functionality of the Alexa-powered Echo speaker.
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Alexa, in case you’re unaware, is Amazon’s own version of something like Apple’s Siri or Google Now. It’s a voice-activated assistant that lets you ask questions, create tasks and shopping lists, order things from Amazon, hear the news and weather, play music, set timers and alarms, and even control a number of “smart home” devices like lights and switches.
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[…]there is a growing number of more noteworthy – and practical – apps arriving on Echo[…]
This list includes things like the health-focused 7-Minute Workout app; a voice-powered TV remote from AnyMote; news and weather apps from bigger names like AccuWeather, AOL, HuffPost, oh, and TechCrunch (disclosure!); an app that reminds you where you’ve parked your car and how much gas you have left from Automatic; a recipe finder from Campbell’s; a bartender’s guide to mixing drinks; various apps to check local transit schedules; event guides from Bandsintown.com and the above-mentioned StubHub; stock quotes from Fidelity; a family locator from Glympse; a universal translator app; and even interactive games you play with Alexa like Word Master, Bingo, or Animal Game, for example.
Some of the more well known names that currently have Alexa Skills…
- Campbell’s Kitchen
- Domino’s Pizza
- Fidelity Investments
- Hacker News
- NYC Subway Status
- Techcrunch News
- USA Today