Amazon announced Alexa Skills created via Blueprints can now be published publicly in India
Amazon allowed anyone to create custom Skills last year with its Alexa Skill Blueprints program. And then in February this year, it let the users publish those Skills on Alexa Skills store in the US for everybody to download, use and rate them.
Now Amazon has done the same in India. The company today announced that it has allowed its customers to create and share their Alexa Skills with a wider audience base with the new publishing feature on Alexa Skill Blueprints.
The users can choose from over thirty templates to create their personalized skills in minutes without having the coding knowledge at all and submit them for certification so that the customized content later on go live on the India Alexa Skills store. There is, of course, a vast array of categories available such as the Fun & Games, Learning and Knowledge, At Home, and Storyteller for users to create custom games, stories or the household lists.
On the announcement, Dilip R.S., Country Manager for Alexa Skills, Amazon India said, “Being able to publish a blueprint skill allows customers and content creators to share their passions, creativity, and interests with anyone even though they may not have a technical background”.
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This new functionality is basically aimed at content creators, businesses, brands, and other organizations. They can make use of the Flash Briefings blueprint to publish and share their custom updates on the India Alexa Skills store. The WordPress bloggers can deliver their posts via Blog blueprint as audio through RSS feed.
Moreover, Universities and religious organizations through respective University and Spiritual Talks blueprints will be able to make their live and recorded audio contents accessible on all the Alexa-enabled devices.
Besides the new templates, one can also make use of the existing blueprints to publish skills for a number of other scenarios. For example, the budding writers have the advantage of showcasing their creativity on Storytelling blueprints such as Fable and Fairy Tale. Tutors can use the Trivia blueprint to help the students learn new things albeit while playing a game. History enthusiasts, on the other hand, can create a quiz for their community with the help of Quiz blueprint.
All said and done, all the contents, however, have to go through the Amazon’s content guidelines for their suitability to be listed on Skills store.