Now that Amazon has added the ability to rate and review Alexa Skills, we have our first look at which third-party Alexa abilities users are enjoying. Excluding skills with less than 3 reviews, here’s the list of top 10 rated Alexa Skills as they stand today.
#1: Quick Events
5 Star Rating
To use the Quick Events skill, try saying…
“Alexa, open Quick Events.”
“Alexa, tell Quick Events to add go for a walk tomorrow at 3:00.”
“Alexa, tell Quick Events to add beach trip all day Saturday.”
QuickEvents allows you to add events to your primary Google Calendar. Quick Events can check for conflicting events, and ask for confirmation before adding your event. To get started say, “Alexa, launch quick events.” Quick Events is flexible. You can provide all the information about your event at once: “Alexa, tell quick events to add go for a walk tomorrow at 9 p.m.” If you don’t provide all the information Quick Events needs to schedule the event, Alexa will ask you for ask you it. Within the skill you can say “help” at any time for more information, including information on how to unlink Quick Events from your calendar To learn more about what you can do with QuickEvents, go to: http://sarkonovich-2.elasticbeanstalk.com/quick_events
#2: Focus Word
4.8 Star Rating
To use the Focus Word skill, try saying…
“Alexa, open Focus Word.”
“Alexa, launch Focus Word.”
“Alexa, ask Focus Word for help.”
Focus Word provides an inspirational word or phrase along with a brief statement to serve as a point of focus you can use during meditation, or as a touchstone throughout the day.
4.3 Star Rating
To use the BioRhythm skill, try saying…
“Alexa, open BioRhythm.”
“Alexa, ask BioRhythm for birthday April 16, 1996.”
“Alexa, ask BioRhythm for a reading for December 29, 1998.”
The BioRhythm skill calculates your natural biorhythm for today for entertainment purposes. it requires the user to state their birthday including year. It then calculates the user’s natural biorhythms for physical, emotional and intellectual cycles. The physical biorhythm is based on a 23 day cycle. The emotional biorhythm is based on a 28 day cycle. The intellectual biorhythm is based on a 33 day cycle. The skill also checks for any transition days where the biorhythm reading changes sign (positive to negative, or negative to positive). These are days for caution.
4.3 Star Rating
To use the FreeBusy Scheduling Buddy skill, try saying…
“Alexa, ask FreeBusy to see if Paula is free Tuesday.”
“Alexa, ask FreeBusy to check if I’m busy on February 23.”
“Alexa, ask FreeBusy to schedule a phone call for Thursday.”
FreeBusy Scheduling Buddy helps you coordinate meetings and stay on top of your schedule. Use it to check if a contact is available at a certain time and to schedule events or conference calls. Like any good virtual assistant, it knows to check your own agenda and avoid conflicts before putting a meeting on your calendar. FreeBusy works with all calendar providers (Google, Office 365, Outlook and corporate Exchange, iCloud, Outlook.com, Yahoo, Zimbra, etc.), whether personal or corporate, and across organizational boundaries.
#5: Word Master
4.2 Star Rating
To use the Word Master skill, try saying…
“Alexa, ask Word Master to play a game.”
“Alexa, ask Word Master to start with Apple.”
“Alexa, open Word Master.”
Word Master is an interactive way to learn and challenge yourself with words. Alexa starts by saying a word. You then have to respond back with a word that begins with the letter in which Alexa’s word ended. Alexa then does the same in response to your word. As you say words, you earn scores with each word. The longer your word, the higher your score. Compete with Alexa and folks at home to make a higher score. Playing with words was never so much fun!
4.2 Star Rating
To use the HuffPost skill, try saying…
“Alexa, ask HuffPost for headlines.”
“Alexa, open HuffPost.” (To hear latest news headlines for today)
“Stop, End or Cancel” (To end the session)
The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The site has 100,000 bloggers — from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts — who contribute in real-time on the subjects about which they are most passionate. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Maghreb, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Greece, India, Australia and the Arab world.
#7: 7-Minute Workout
4.1 Star Rating
To use the 7-Minute Workout skill, try saying…
“Alexa, start seven minute workout.”
The 7-Minute Workout is a scientifically proven set of exercises designed to increase metabolism, improve energy, lower stress, and best of all, remove fat! It’s a small daily commitment for such enormous benefits. To get started, you simply need to say ‘Start 7-Minute Workout,’ and you will be guided through the entire routine. Take breaks as you need them, and let Alexa know when you are ready to begin the next exercise, but don’t forget to push yourself! Future releases will offer additional features based on community feedback such as:
-Resuming your exercise between sessions.
-Tracking and statistics.
-Advanced mode containing more difficult exercises.
#8: Cat Facts
4.0 Star Rating
To use the Cat Facts skill, try saying…
“Alexa, open Cat Facts.”
“Alexa, launch Cat Facts and tell me a fact.”
“Alexa, tell Cat Facts to say meow.”
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about your feline overlords, Cat Facts is for you! Get fun cat facts at any time. Almost one hundred facts available!
3.9 Star Rating
To use the Garageio skill, try saying…
“Alexa, tell Garageio to close my door.”
“Alexa, ask Garageio to open Lauren’s door.”
“Alexa, ask Garageio if any of my doors are open.”
Garageio is the simple and secure way to control and monitor your garage door from anywhere in the world, all without needing to replace your existing opener. The Garageio Blackbox can easily be installed in your garage, allowing control of up to three separate garage doors.
(1) Easy to install, only requiring simple tools and a ladder.
(2) Control up to 3 separate openers, even if they are different.
(3) Share access with friends, family and neighbors.
(4) Works with Amazon Echo and IFTTT.
(5) Available for Apple iPhone/iPod and Android smartphones.
(6) Control from your desktop using the Garageio Dashboard (via web browser).
(7) No fees. Period.
#10: GLaDOS Quotes
3.9 Star Rating
To use the GLaDOS Quotes skill, try saying…
“Alexa, ask Glados to tell me something.”
“Alexa, tell Glados to tell me about the portal gun.”
“Alexa, ask Glados to give me info about Aperture Science.”
Alexa gives you GLaDOS’s (pronounced GLA-dis) opinion of random things, Aperture Science, or the portal gun. All quotes are from the first Portal game. Simply ask her to say something.