Amazon has invited Alexa developers from around the world, including us, to participate in a beta program that allows Alexa skills to send push notifications to users.

Amazon stresses that it doesn’t allow notifications for¬†advertising, and warns developers to use notifications “sparingly.” There are some great examples of skills using notifications, such as notifications about weather alerts or for breaking news. The Dominos Pizza Alexa skill also sends you a notification when your pizza is out of the oven and on its way being delivered.

We’ve created a skill called ‘My Advent Calendar‘ that users can enable now and get a notification sent to them on the 1st December to remind them to open their advent calendar.

You can enable and start our newest Alexa skill just by saying “Alexa, open my advent calendar”.