Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of resources for developing Alexa, the Amazon Echo Device's voice service. Use ASK to increase Alexa's capabilities. Develop skills like playing music, setting an alarm, or having a simple conversation with Alexa. See the project documentation to find information on setting up a cloud based service (AWS Lambda), handling requests from Alexa, and extensive code samples.
Google wants to see more voice-enabled apps and the search giant took a big step in order to help make that become a reality. Today Google offered its Cloud Speech API to developers, who can add transcription, dictation, and spoken command features to their own apps. The API is initially free.