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This article was published on February 23, 2017

Amazon Alexa hits 10,000 skills with a nifty musical game

Amazon Alexa hits 10,000 skills with a nifty musical game
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Amazon announced Alexa’s 10,00th skill, or app, today: An interactive music game called Beat the Intro.

Beat the Intro began as a DVD game before becoming an app. Now you can play it with your voice alone. The game is available in two different modes: “Six-Pack,” where the player must guess six songs by brief clips, and “TriplePlay,” where the player must guess songs based on their first three lines.

With 10,000 skills now, Alexa is becoming more versatile than ever. By adding games like Beat the Intro in addition to its essential functions as a digital assistant and voice-activated Amazon shortcut, it’s becoming entertaining as well as indispensable.

Amazon opened up Alexa’s code to third-party developers in 2015, but the number of skills available has only spiked recently. Wired notes that Alexa’s skills surged from 1,000 to 7,000 in seven months. The latest 3,000 apps were added within the last six or seven weeks.

This growth might correspond with Alexa’s sudden rise to ubiquity. Alexa is now in Ford cars, Amazon Fire TV sticks, and even singing fish.

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