The Alexa Skills Kit did for the Amazon Echo what the iOS SDK did for the iPhone — open it up as a platform that could conceivably solve every customer demand. [Read More]
Summary… * Machine-Made
App developers worked for or were close partners of the phone developer, and reach was extremely limited.
Suddenly, the phone was not just a phone, but a platform, a medium in which you could even launch a business.
Siri remained locked down and inaccessible to Apple’s army of third-party developers, whereas the Echo launched ready for extension.
This paradigm shift is going to do for voice and conversational interfaces what apps did for the mobile experience.
As the landscape of skills expands and deepens, voice and conversational platforms will become the primary way to interact with all machines.
Opinion… * Man-Made