Amazon Alexa has started to gain more and more attention in the business world lately, considering the great benefits it can give to a company such as increasing their public reach and leads generation.
But that’s not all.
With Amazon investing heavily in this direction lately with a sole intention in mind: to make it possible for Alexa to be accessible for as many people as possible, and in the meantime make as many services available for them.
And this is exactly why they have created several platforms, strategies, and systems to simplify the work of developers in creating new Skills for Alexa.
These Skills, which are also called Voice Apps, are similar to an application we install on our smartphone or PC. The same way an application adds abilities and practicality to our smartphone in a new topic or use case, the same way a “Skill” gives Alexa new abilities.
Right now Amazon Alexa’s Skill Store has more than 100.000 Skills available, with more than 70.000 available only in the USA. All of these Skills are available in the smartphone app too, if they are available in your country.
Alexa’s primary language is English, even though Amazon Alexa can be used in other 7 languages, which include German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, and Portuguese (Brazilian dialect), so if you find yourself not speaking one of these languages, you have to wait a bit more.
Amazon has pushed itself to improve the overall coverage of Alexa, not only to get ahead of its competitors like Google with its Google Home service powered by Google Actions and Apple with their HomePod powered by Siri but also to create a larger number of loyal users.
This market dominance is being made possible with several means, from adding the number of supported languages and dialects, engaging more developers to create and improve Alexa Skills, to improving Alexa itself for it to be able to better understand human speech.
This will not only improve Alexa’s ability to understand what is asked and create a more conversational interaction with it but will also expand the reach of Alexa outside of ordinary daily use at home or work, to every possible activity of our life.
By doing so, Amazon will be able to gain the trust of every person who intends to use voice-controlled virtual assistants in their daily life, workplace, or business.
The race of creating the best AI, which is the root of every virtual assistant, has all global leaders in the technological field engaged.
Amazon vs Google, Apple, and Microsoft for creating the best AI to be able to do much more than they are today. Even though Apple has more available languages for their service or Google has more experience, what makes the difference is their practical use in real life.
Amazon, during their presence at CES 2020 mentioned that nowadays Alexa can connect and control more than 100.000 smart home products belonging to nearly 9.500 different brands. They also mentioned that for the next ten years they intend to 10x the number of smart products Alexa can connect to.
Alexa can already connect with a great number of smart devices like kitchen appliances, smart TV, doorbells, light bulbs, electronic locks, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, cameras, etc.
They can even control cars made by manufacturers like Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, etc.
If all this seems too good to be true Amazon Alexa has even more basic features for daily life. With it, you can set alarms, reminders, timers, make Alexa to Alexa calls, use the intercom option to communicate something vocally to all the Echo devices in your home, use the Drop-In option to send a specific vocal message to a specific Echo when you are outside, create a detailed routine that contains various tasks for Alexa and is activated from a single sentence.
For example, when you go to sleep you can create a routine that turns off the lights in the other rooms, dims the bedroom light, turns on the alarm, and plays relaxing music, to be activated when you say “Alexa, good night”.
Besides all of these, you can ask for the weather, ask to tell a joke, play a game or you can activate all the Skills you need to play music, listen to the latest news updates, and listen to different content or podcasts.
And to think that all of this is possible just by using your voice.
As mentioned above, Amazon allows everyone to add Skills to Alexa, and this has become even simpler with third-party platforms that allows you to create your own customized Skill and publish them, and this is precisely what Ipervox is for: one of the first platforms that are created to give everyone the possibility to create an Alexa Skill (also called Voice Apps).
Ipervox is a platform dedicated to simplifying the process of making Voice Apps for anyone who has the desire to do so but lacks the knowledge in programming one themselves. All you need is the Idea, and Ipervox can help turn it into an Alexa Skill or Google Action in just a few simple steps.
If you don’t have your voice app yet but want to create one, just click on “START FOR FREE” and in a few minutes, you will have your Voice App ready.