This week Amazon announced the general availability of the Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) Kit. The SDK was designed to bring Alexa to Bluetooth devices including headphones, headsets and wearables. Alexa capabilities such as music, news, smart home controls and any of thousands of available Alexa Skills will now be available for integration into said devices.
The AMA protocol powers Alexa experiences by transmitting Alexa audio data over Bluetooth and enables a Bluetooth device to communicate with and Android or iOS phone running the Alexa app. Device makers can leverage the SDK to avoid having to build a custom Alexa app or skill. Alfred Woo, a principal product manager for Alexa Voice Services states that this allows device makers to “accelerate product development, software integration, and testing time, while reducing product support costs.”
For customers, the benefit of AMA is that it allows device makers to incorporate Alexa into a wider range of hand-free devices, thus making it a readily available voice assistant.
Interested developers can head over to the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit Overview page to get reference documentation as well as information on system requirements, user experience and development guidelines.