Samsung is preparing to launch an API and SDK for Bixby, its new voice assistant that is integrated into its new Galaxy Home smart speaker. The Bixby API will allow the tech to be integrated into other apps, while the SDK will give developers the ability to make apps with Bixby.
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To date, Sonos has worked with strategic development partners on an invite only basis. It's work with companies like Amazon and Samsung have helped ground the company in the smart home space. On September 6, 2018, Sonos will open its developer program to the braoder developer community.
Amazon has released a Cameras Recap API that gives apps the ability to play video feeds recorded by smart home cameras. The Cameras Recap API is part of the Smart Home Skill API and requires version 3 of the latter. Users of integrated apps can initiate playback using Alexa.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including VoIP, Background, and Home Automation. Featured today is an API for searching for specific phrases within podcasts, an API for credit score verification, and one for integrating with branded email signatures.
Microsoft has unveiled a Speech Devices SDK that allows manufacturers of microphone-enabled devices to integrate their devices with the cloud-based Microsoft Speech service. The Speech Devices SDK consists of a pre-tuned library that is paired with a microphone-enabled device.
Amazon has made in-skill purchasing (ISP) generally available for Alexa skills. With ISP, skill developers gain another avenue to generate revenue through otherwise free skills. Skill users gain access to premium content and enhanced features to enrich an Amazon Alexa skill experience.
Amazon has added new functionality to its Video Skill API, which allows the company's voice-driven virtual assistant, Alexa, to interface with video content and services. The new functionality consists of recording, launcher and state reporting capabilities that will work with numerous services.
Amazon today announced the beta launch of a new version of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) developer console that aims to streamline the experience of creating, managing and publishing Alexa skills. The new version of the developer console breaks the Alexa skill development lifecycle into four phases.
Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, yesterday formally unveiled Project Things, "an open framework for connecting your devices to the web." Created with the goal of creating a decentralized IoT, Mozilla announced its intent to build such a framework last year.
Last week Amazon announced that it is adding cooking capabilities to the Smart Home Skill API, which enables Alexa to control and check the status of cloud-connected devices. Initially, the API will be extended to allow Alexa to control microwave ovens but support for other devices is coming.