Amazon Alexa Skill Count Surpasses 30,000 in the U.S.
It is never exactly clear how many Amazon Alexa skills there are globally. There are many skills which are simply duplicated across most or all countries that can access Alexa. So, you cannot just count all of the Alexa skills in all of the country-level skill stores and get a total global number. For this reason, Voicebot focuses on measuring the skill counts in specific countries. The U.S. provides the high water mark of the total number of skills an Alexa user can access. That number today is 30,006.
5,000 New Alexa Skills Every 100 Days
It took 97 days for the Alexa skill store count to rise from 25,000 to 30,000. That averages to 51.5 new skills published each day. The rise from 10,000 – 15,000 and from 20,000 – 25,000 both took 103 days. The outlier is the mere 63 days it took to rise from 15,000 – 20,000 Alexa skills. If you remove that, you can see that Amazon’s developer ecosystem is generating about 5,000 new Alexa skills every 100 days.
What skills pushed the Alexa skill store past the 30,000 milestone. “Guess My Name” by Lifebot looks like it landed today as did “YouTube Statistics (Unofficial)” by Teriame. The last counts we have for Google Assistant apps is the beginning of January 2018 when there were 1,719. Of course, Google now simply claims there are a million things to try on Google Assistant. This is clearly true if you simply think about the search queries Google can execute. It will eventually be important for Google Assistant to have a similar breadth of third party voice app coverage as Alexa. However, in the meantime, Amazon is likely to reel off some more milestones with no peer in sight in terms of total voice app/skill count.