Big Alexa Announcements: Video, Reminders, Timers and Metrics; Crickets from Apple

Lots of new stuff from Amazon, including the late-breaking release of the Video Skill API - read all about it here and here.

This makes up for the dearth of news on the dev front from Apple. The HomePod looks lovely and may turn out to be the ultimate hi-fi system, if that is your thing. But as developers, we were hoping for more. A more open Siri, expanded APIs for app integration, and perhaps even something akin to AVS for device manufacturers. Instead there was silence on all these subjects. So our focus remains on Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

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