Amazon Alexa's skills will be buffed with notifications feature
The latest announcement comes as a welcome upgrade for many, surely, as it should boost Alexa’s ‘proactivity’ and its ability to deliver information of importance. The notification feature would initially come only in a few skills, such as AccuWeather, The Washington Post, Just Eat and others. Imagine being updated on your pizza delivery status, without the need to ever pause Fifa.
Amazon has explicitly stated that both developers and device manufacturers will have access to development tools, such as Alexa Skills Kit or Alexa voice service, to build and tweak notifications for skills. This should certainly add colour to the Alexa experience, as devs around the world have already been quite ‘artistic’ with their approach to Alexa skills. We are referring to the ridiculous amount of cat skills and ‘yo mama jokes’ skills that would benefit from creative notification ideas…not.
People, who wish to make use of the new notification feature, would have to enable the functionality through the Alexa app for each skill they want to hear from. Amazon’s blog post does not specify a date for the launch of the feature, but developers can sign up on Amazon’s platform to be notified when it is available to poke at.