Amazon is showing skill at adding "skills" to Alexa
Among other accomplishments of the second quarter, Amazon officials cited the 1,900 "skills" that are now available through the Alexa voice-activated in-home device. Skills are added by third parties to Alexa's core ability to order goods from Amazon.com. For example, Fitbit stats can be automatically uploaded to Alexa, then a Fitbit user can ask Alexa how many steps he or she took that day. The latest to add skills are Kayak, Lyft, NBC and Honeywell.