- Category: Development
- Published: December 11, 2016
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Amazon have announced the release of a developer preview of a slew of new built-in commands for Alexa skills. These commands are intended to help developers by providing multiple variants of commands through a single inclusion in the skill. This lessens the burden of having to predict all the possible ways a user might say something. Included in the release are a bunch of intents around music including commands relating to playlists, artists, tracks and more.
These have significant implications for the squeezebox Alexa skill and I'll need to review them in detail. However, they're developer preview at the moment and therefore subject to change. Also, it looks like they're available for US skills only right now (I'm developing on the European platform). This won't hinder my plan to get an initial release out to testers to see how well the skill/LMS comms is working but is something I'll likely want to include in when I start building out the full command set.