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New Amazon Alexa Functionality Will Suggest Third-Party Skills

Gavin Phillips 05-09-2017

Amazon is making it much easier for Echo and Alexa-powered devices to find and use voice apps designed to extend their virtual assistant functionality.


More Power to Alexa

When you ask Alexa a question it doesn’t know the answer to, the digital assistant is typically forthcoming with its “Hmmmm, I don’t know that” answer. Unfortunately, that isn’t very useful Let's Face It: Amazon Echo's Alexa Is Stupid There's no doubt voice-controlled assistants are the future, but is Alexa the solution? Perhaps not. In this article, I'm going to argue Alexa is actually rather stupid. Read More . Instead, now, Alexa will start to recommend relevant third-party skills that actually help you out.

You’d then have to browse through the Alexa Skill Store to find a skill that suited your needs 4 Big Problems With Alexa Voice Shopping and How to Fix Them Amazon's Echo devices can order you products with just your voice. Here are some big risks and potential issues you should know about before you jump into this feature. Read More . And while there are now numerous skills to fill a vast array of functional needs, one that instantly suggested a plug for the skill-gap wasn’t available. This new functionality 18 Awesome New Amazon Alexa Skills You Need to Try The Amazon Echo's list of skills is growing all the time. Let's take a look at the most useful and silliest skills from the past few months. Read More was first spotted by Check out the example in the video below.

Amazon confirmed the skill recommendation function as a new feature, but one that isn’t yet broadly rolled out to the wider Alexa user-base. Speaking to TechCrunch, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that “In limited scenarios, Alexa will suggest skills that may be helpful to answer a customer’s question. We are excited for this feature to roll out to more customers over time to help them discover new skills and get information through Alexa.”

Something for the Kids

This expansion comes at the same time as Amazon begins to roll out Alexa skills for kids, in the U.S.

New Amazon Alexa Functionality Will Suggest Third-Party Skills Amazon Alexa Call Spongebob


In a blog post, Amazon confirmed that the available skills include The SpongeBob Challenge from Nickelodeon, Sesame Street from Sesame Workshop, and Amazon Storytime, as well as several more games including The Tickle Monster Game!, Animal Sounds, Animal sounds quiz, Old Macdonald, Silly Things, and Zoo Walk.

Amazon also suggested that “hundreds” of developers are waiting to create Alexa kid’s skills in the near future.

Voice searching for both adults and kids is becoming ubiquitous, and Amazon is at the forefront — as with most technology these days, it seems.

Will this encourage you to use Alexa more? Have you always found the skills you need? Or are there gaps in the Alexa-skills repository. Let us know your thoughts on Alexa in the comments below!

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  1. likefunbutnot
    September 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    One bit of functionality I'm really waiting to get is the ability to control Amazon Music on a FireTV. Now that we have Alexa Groups, I'm not completely sure why a FireTV can't be in a group.

    I'm also still waiting on a good general purpose notification/chat/Email skill that sits outside Amazon's built in messaging. I'm not sure why that's so hard to get right, but I'm told that it is.