Stijn Schuermans

1000 skills: Amazon Alexa as a metaphor for the IoT developer community

1000 skills: Amazon Alexa as a metaphor for the IoT developer community

Alexa is a centerpiece of Amazon’s Smart Home push, and quickly growing to become one of the most promising attempts at making a successful Smart Home hub, connecting all other devices around the house together. What’s more, Amazon has opened Alexa to developers, who can incorporate it in their own devices as well as add new functionality to the assistant, in the form of so-called Skills (services, integrations, or use cases).

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Bill Ray

Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Instant Apps will succeed where ActiveX failed. Better compartmentalisation and centralised management will secure it, and users will appreciate it, but the real winner will be Google who squashes alternative app stores and outmanoeuvres alternative Android distributions, all in the interest of providing greater web-site functionality.

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Mark Boyd

Developer Personas as a Revenue Growth Tool

Developer Personas as a Revenue Growth Tool

Nike, Adidas and Under Armour have digitally opened up their fitness and athletics products. McCormick Foods and Campbells Soup have released flavor profile data. Walgreens digitized their photo printing and prescription filling order services. Philips released programmable lightbulbs. Edmunds transformed from a car classifieds site to a digital sales inventory and vehicle information service.

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Bill Ray

If there were 100 Developers in the world

If there were 100 Developers in the world

Have you ever asked yourselves what would the world be like if there were only 100 developers in it? Well even if you haven't, we are sure we have just made you think about it. Based on our Developer Economics survey that reaches 30,000+ devs per year, across mobile, IoT, cloud, desktop, AR/VR, machine learning , we designed a very interesting Infographic illustrating this scenario.

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Michael Vakulenko

Beyond the 'chatbot' - The messaging quadrant

Beyond the 'chatbot' - The messaging quadrant

These days everyone and their uncle is talking about chatbots as the next thing after apps. But ‘Chatbot’ is a rather poor name for explaining the changes taking hold in mobile. ‘Chatbots’ are a mental model suited to developers. The term means very little to users. Besides, ‘chatbots’ represent only a small part of what is happening in the messaging space.

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