Amazon also announced general availability for Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills, another new feature that lets USA brands and merchants accept payment for physical goods or services via their skill and a customer's payment info stored on Amazon. The features had been in trials for select skill partners, but now anybody building apps for Amazon's Echo speakers can tap into the functionality.
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Additionally, another feature called Amazon Pay for Alexa skills lets people build skills that let people pay for physical goods like concert tickets just by using their voice instead of having to manually enter their credit card information or delivery address each time they want to buy something. Now, third-party merchants can do the same. The retailer already offers a separate Alexa Developer Rewards program enabling developers to sell real-world products, such as ordering food, and services, such as booking a ride. Using this capability, TGI Friday's customers can already pay for their food orders through Alexa. Then, cardholders will be prompted to enter the voice key when accessing their Amazon.com Store Card via an Alexa-enabled device.
To kick off today's launch of general availability, Amazon is announcing a handful of others who will do the same. Both one-time unlocks of premium extras, and ongoing subscriptions for them, are supported. Developers are paid 70 percent of the list price for their in-skill purchase, before any Amazon discount is applied. New skills that will offer premium content are SYFI Wire by NBCUniversal, Yes Sire by Volley Inc. and Word of the Way by Volley Inc. The company says it doesn't expect free skills to go anywhere, but is hoping to bring more functionality to its voice assistant with the lure of adding to developers' pockets.