The company has just announced that developers will be able to build and host Alexa skills to AWS effectively for free, granting them a monthly credit of $100, on top of AWS Free Tier. The free package gives skill creators received only one million of AWS Lambda requests and up to 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud time. The company’s move allows devs with a published Alexa skill to apply for the programme and receive an additional $100 per month in AWS promotional credits, should they incur extra charges for their skill. Thus, coders are effectively offered $200 worth of usage of Amazon services to enrich the Alexa experience through new functionalities.
Alexa seems set to further expand in the market as a preferred integrated AI for manufacturers in different industries of technology. After the software made its phone debut in the Huawei Mate 9, it was announced that the assistant will be integrated in Ford and Volkswagen vehicles, too. We are also already in the know that Alexa will get an iOS version, making it available to Apple fans. In this sense, Amazon’s latest move to stimulate skill development seems like a well-thought venture to build on the variety and flexibility of commands for its AI, rather than a simple ‘promo offer’. Still, fair play.
source: Amazon via TechRepublic