Amazon drops payments for Alexa app developers

Comapny is also winding down a programme that offered free credits for Alexa developers to power their programes with AWS

An Amazon Echo Show 8 Alexa-enabled smart display

Amazon will no longer pay developers to create applications for Alexa, scrapping a key element of the company’s effort to build a flourishing app store for its voice-activated digital assistant.

Amazon recently told participants of the Alexa Developer Rewards Program, which cut monthly checks to builders of popular Alexa apps, that the offering would end at the end of June.

“Developers like you have and will play a critical role in the success of Alexa ...