Amazon To Start Paying More Developers Who Create Alexa Skills

Isaac Cain
August 21, 2017

Word spread, and we're expecting quite a large crock of units were sold because Amazon called a halt, marking the Echo Dot "out of stock" very quickly.

Amazon's strategy of expanding the variety and number of devices on which Alexa is available on is already evidenced in a Huawei smartphone - the Huawei Mate 9 which offers the Seattle, Washington-based online retail giant's voice assistant as one of the options.

Now it looks like Amazon wants to step things up a bit by encouraging more developers to come on board, or to encourage existing ones to create more skills because according to a report from TechCrunch, Amazon is apparently starting to pay more developers for creating Alexa skills that are popular.

It continues: "Because Sonos is a platform that partners with streaming services and other home devices, we do share some data with our partners that is necessary for making the partner service work on Sonos and providing a quality experience". With Alexa not available worldwide it seems sensible that Sonos would not limit a product to only a few markets and the policy has also been changed on the Australian Sonos site as well.

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The Echo Dot was free on Amazon for a brief moment, but naturally, it was too good to be true: the retailer is canceling any and all zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker. This routes the audio through the speaker, but voice capture is still handled by the Echo itself. Or, enable by voice through an Alexa-enabled device with the simple command "Alexa, Enable BondTrack". The Product will record until you are finished with your voice command.

This also means that older Sonos devices without microphones will have more limited functionality - unless Sonos develops some kind of microphone accessory, of course. The new BondTrack skill for Amazon Alexa is a virtual bond trading assistant which unlocks the power of voice for fixed income traders needing quick access to real-time trade history or related bond information.

In any case, the update to the privacy policy is a strong signal that the cogs of Alexa are still turning over at Sonos HQ.

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