Developing a voice app is quite different to developing a regular Android or iOS app. A developer needs to build a mental roadmap of how a user could potentially converse with a voice app. Priyanka Kumar, a third-year computer science student at a private college who has developed seven apps for Alexa so far, including an expense tracker, had this to say about voice based app development, “There is no visual element for these ‘skills’. You have to plan the conversation in your head and translate it into code. You have to think of utterances. What is the user going to say?”
To boost the development of this platform, and consequently tap into the yet nascent developer ecosystem in India, Amazon hosts monthly webinars, YouTube videos, meetups as well as theme-based contests. Presently, Amazon is running an IPL ‘skills’ contest, and previously it ran a financial ‘skills’ contest, before the Union Budget for 2018-19, Amazon, globally, has also launched a tool for developers.