Amazon have announced that developers can start building voice experiences, called “skills” for customers in the UAE and KSA using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) in Gulf Arabic (Khaleeji).
ASK is a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create new voice-driven capabilities, or skills, for Alexa. Developers don’t need experience with speech recognition or natural language understanding to build a skill—Alexa does all the work to hear, understand, and process the customer’s spoken request so developers do not have to. Developers can also update existing Alexa Skills to extend support for Arabic and engage new customers in the UAE and/or KSA.
Amazon plans to introduce Echo devices to customers in the UAE and KSA later this year, and commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for customers in these countries, can now request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview. AVS enables developers to integrate Alexa directly into their products, bringing the convenience of voice control to any connected device. Companies including LG and Samsung plan to release products with Alexa Built-in while Philips Hue, Tuya, and Xiaomi plan to release Works with Alexa devices in the UAE and KSA. Developers will also be able to create skills for those countries in English. Want to be part of the initiative? Find out more here