Amazon announces that it will discontinue the 'Alexa Developer Rewards Program,' which pays developers who create Alexa apps up to 15,000 yen per month

Since 2017, Amazon has offered the '

Alexa Developer Rewards Program ,' which pays developers of popular Alexa apps up to $100 (about 15,000 yen) per month. However, Amazon has announced that this program will end on June 30, 2024.

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When the Alexa Developer Program was launched, it was booming with some developers reporting that they were earning thousands of dollars (hundreds of thousands of yen) per month. However, since 2020, Amazon has gradually reduced the amount it pays developers. This may have been done to stem losses and find new sources of revenue as the failure of Amazon's voice assistant business gradually became apparent.

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Amazon announced that it will end funding for Alexa app developers on June 30, 2024, and told developers, 'Developers like you have played and will continue to play a key role in Alexa's success. We appreciate your continued involvement.' At the same time, Amazon is also ending a program that provided free credits to Alexa app developers to enhance their software using the cloud computing service Amazon Web Services (AWS).

'Amazon is now focused on developing new tools that use large-scale language models, so we've decided to discontinue older programs like the Alexa Developer Rewards program,' said Lauren Rehmhild, a spokesperson for Rehmhild also said that less than 1% of developers use the program.

'Many developers will have to make difficult decisions about whether to maintain their existing Alexa experiences or create new ones,'

said Mark Tucker, a developer of Alexa apps. 'Amazon's move marks the end of an era.'

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