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Announcing exciting new updates to Alexa Voice Service (AVS)!

We are excited to announce an important new update to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) that will enable you to enhance the user experience on your Alexa-enabled products. Last year, we launched a developer preview of AVS to introduce you to the benefits of voice-powered experiences. With this update, we are making architectural improvements that include updated APIs and message structures, Amazon Alexa App (iOS and Android) support, and the ability to send server-initiated messages.

Here are some of the new features:

  • Volume Control: Ability to adjust and mute/unmute volume on your product using voice or buttons.
  • Media Control: Ability to control media playback (e.g. play/pause) on your product using voice or buttons.
  • Timers and Alarms: Ability to create and manage timers/alarms on your product using voice.
  • Amazon Alexa App Enhancements: Control volume, media playback (e.g. Amazon Music, Audible), as well as manage timers/alarms on your product using the Amazon Alexa App.

Learn how to integrate Alexa into your product with the Getting Started Guide. If you already have a solution, see the API Migration Guide (v20160207). Alexa is always learning, and there is a lot more to come!

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