Amazon will directly pay developers of top Alexa game skills based on customer engagement

Amazon is shutting down their Underground appstore, but they’re not giving up on the idea of paying developers based on the amount of time users play a game. Starting this month, the retailer will be directly paying developers of top Alexa game skills. Payments will be based on “a variety of metrics, such as minutes of usage, new customers, and other measures of engagement.” Read more ›

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Amazon opens Alexa’s Flash Briefing feature to developers


Amazon has introduced a new Flash Briefing Skill API that allows any developer to create an Alexa Skill that adds content into Alexa’s flash briefing feature. Currently there are only a few dozen sources available for customers to choose from in Alexa’s news reader, which Amazon has individually invited to participate. The addition of this new API means any developer can create a news feed that customers can add to their flash briefing. Read more ›

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Amazon’s new Developer Publishing API allows developers to submit/manage large quantities of apps


Amazon has announced a preview for their new Developer Publishing API which allows developers to proceduraly submit, update, and manage a large number of apps without using Amazon’s developer website. The new API is similar to one offered by Google Play and lets developers change things like app images and descriptions across their entire catelogue fo apps in one go. It is probably this API which Fullscreen, Inc. utilised when submitting their now over 1,500 YouTube channel apps to the Fire TV appstore. Amazon is requiring that developers who use this mass management API to only submit apps which are free and contain no in-app purchases. With this new API, we can probably expect apps to be released in mass more frequently in the future.

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Developer preview announced for Android 5.0 Lollipop based Fire OS 5

Amazon has announced the next generation of Fire OS which is the operation system that powers their various Fire devices, including the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The new version, dubbed Fire OS 5, is based on Android 5 Lollipop, which is the latest version of Android. Starting today, developers may sign up for early access to the new OS. The developer preview is currently only available for the Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets. Amazon has also announced a limited time offer which gives developers $50 off up to two Fire HD 7 tablets. With the Fire HD 7 currently on sale for $99, that’s a heck of a deal if the two promotions overlap. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick now support HTML5 Apps

Amazon is opening up the doors for developers to bring their HTML5 apps to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The Fire phone and tablet already have HTML5 apps, so bringing that support to the Fire TV family of devices should result in a nice influx of new and interesting apps for the living room experience. Unlike the native apps already available for the Fire TV, web based HTML5 apps tend to be easier to develop and result in more frequent updates since the app is often hosted remotely on the developer’s server. Amazon has released a new app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to help developers easily test their apps on the newly accessible platform. They’ve also expanded the capabilities of their WebView technology to support the Voice remote and Non-Voice remote, in addition to support for analog input form the FIre Game Controller.


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Amazon hopes free workshops spur Fire TV development, London event could hint at European release


Amazon has been contacting European developers and inviting them to a free Fire TV workshop in London. The workshop is being held on June 14th and while the company has held free Fire TV workshops in the past, this is the first time one is being held outside the US. The workshops promise to give developers tips, tricks, and tools to create apps for the Fire TV. Amazon has not set a release date for the Fire TV outside of the US. This London workshop is the first hint, albeit a small one, that the Fire TV will be released in Europe.


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Amazon Fire TV remote has an Accelerometer


While researching the different components of the Fire TV, we stumbled on an interesting fact; the Fire TV remote has an accelerometer. The Bosch Sensortec BMA150 chip in the Fire TV remote is a full fledged 3-axis accelerometer, much like the ones  found in smartphones and Wiimotes. There is no mention of this feature in any Amazon documentation, nor is it mention in their developer API specifications. This raises a lot of unanswered questions like, was the Fire TV remote initially intended to be used for motion gaming? Or,more importantly, will a future firmware update unlock the accelerometer and make it available to developers? After all, the Fire TV remote does have it’s own firmware version separate from the Fire TV itself.

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Amazon offering developers $5,000 incentive for Fire TV apps


Last year, Amazon launched Appstore Developer Select, a program to encourage developers to create Fire OS  apps by giving qualifying apps premium placement in the Amazon Appstore, 500,000 free ad impressions on the Amazon mobile Network, and a discount on Amazon Web Services. Amazon has expanded the program by including extra benefits specific for Fire TV apps. Developers of qualifying Fire TV apps will receive 500,000 Amazon Coins ($5,000 value) that they can give away to consumers purchasing their apps. With these new benefits, we should start seeing an increase in apps offering free Amazon coins as developers start taking advantage of the programs new incentives.

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