In order to ease the development procedure for layman, Amazon has introduced a skill builder tool. “We have a self-explanatory skill-builder tool of sorts. We launched a new version of it last month. It is as simple as drag and drop. For example, if you want to build a joke ‘skill’, you can use our templates and change the content. The entire ‘skill’ gets published in five minutes,” said Dilip.
Amazon is also running an Alexa hackathon with innovation and talent management company- HackerEarth. Vivek Prakash, CTO of HackerEarth, was quoted saying, “The idea is to educate the developer community. A lot of ‘skills’ will be used by Indian users. It will enrich the way we interact with machines.”
In similar news, even Google is working on creating a developer ecosystem in India for its smart speaker, Google Home. Google is preparing to launch the speaker in the country soon. It has invited independent developers on its ‘Actions on Google’ platform to build apps, or as they themselves have been calling it, ‘Actions’. ‘Actions’ is Google’s equivalent to Alexa Skills.