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.
As announced earlier this year, Google officially retired the Hangouts API. As Hangouts is repositioned for enterprise use, the need for some of the social, consumer focused video features of the API are no longer a priority. Accordingly, the end of the API was first announced and now realized.