From home automation to weather to recipes, Amazon Echo is packed with a rich featureset. Echo offers several Amazon built and 3rd party designed apps, aka “skills”, allowing you to fully leverage the power of Alexa. In fact, Alexa now has well over 5,000 of these skills and growing.
Amazon has tabulated customer pics for 2016 into 8 title categories. For Smart Home, the customer picks include Control4, Iris and Nexia. The theme this past year for Music, Movies & TV appears to be zen and peace of mind with the Ambient Noise skill rounding out the top three. Cat Facts, Ask Earthquakes and Daily Buzzword are prominent in Education & Reference.
Here is Amazon’s list of the most customer enabled and reviewed skills of 2016. 2016 Customer Picks.