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!