Just as in the early days of mobile, when fortunes were made with mobile apps on the app store, it is now the perfect time to catch the opportunities offered by voice apps, so-called Skills. rketing.

Often, the Alexa architecture is compared to the mobile architectures of iOS or Android. Sure, they also use thork pattern, with apps serving as plugins.

However, Alexa is entirely in the cloud, and the devices are just sensors and actuators that send and receive everything from the cloud. In a mobile architecture, the devices perform the computation, there is a mobile operating system running on the device, apps that are downloaded onto the device and also run on the device.

When compared to a mobile architecture, there is considerably less platform code and app code running on the devices, and basically, all platform code and app code is in the cloud. When a Skill is installed, it never gets downloaded to the Alexa device. Installing a Skill is merely a configuration change on the Alexa service. No app actually needs to be downloaded and installed on an Alexa device. The Alexa service just links the user, device, and the installed Skills.

In my new book “Making Money with Alexa Skills – A Developer’s Guide” I describe not only how to develop Alexa Skills and add monetization features, but also show how to market newly developed Alexa Skills on the Alexa Store.

Alexa Skill Store vs. Mobile App Store
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Matthias Biehl

As API strategist, Matthias helps clients discover their opportunities for innovation with APIs & ecosystems and turn them into actionable digital strategies. Based on his experience in leading large-scale API initiatives in both business and technology roles, he shares best practices and provides both strategic and practical guidance. He has stayed a techie at heart and at some point, got a Ph.D. Matthias publishes a blog at api-university.com, is the author of several books on APIs, and regularly speaks at technology conferences.