Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

Welcome to the Alexa Skills Feature Request site! This site enables Alexa Skills Developers to request and vote on features you’d like to see in the developer toolset and services for Alexa.

To keep this site purpose-driven and actionable, we moderate requests. Here’s some guidance on how to create great feature requests that can be evaluated by our development teams. For conversation, dialogue or help, you should visit our Alexa forums. We appreciate your input.

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  1. "Doorbell Press" - Enable via API

    Is it possible to enable the "doorbell press" option through the discovery / addupdate report or some other way?

    A lot of customers forget to do this, so I was hoping to automate this or give them the option to change this via our website

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  2. Enable to access current "offset in ms" from audio player at any time.

    Hi,

    it would be nice to be able to read the current position of the audioplayer at every time. With this feature it would be possible to program an interactive audio drama, where the user could switch between characters or to enable switching between different versions of the same audio-file (For example an alternative version for people with hearing-loss).

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  3. Add ability to delegate intents back to Alexa

    If in my skill the user utters something I cannot answer, I would like the ability to delegate the utterance back to Alexa without exiting my skill. This way the user can "get the weather" for example without exiting my skill.

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  4. Include in JSON response indicator "Live" or "Development" to allow for CloudWatch Filtering

    Could you please include in the JSON response an indicator of which environment the request are coming from? I.e. "Live" or "Development". This would make CloudWatch filtering easy.

    Thanks!

    1 vote

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  5. option to initiate alexa to alexa call/message from a skill itself

    provide an option to initiate alexa to alexa call/message from a skill itself

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  6. option to get the original text along with the intent

    provide the original text as well, along with the intent

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  7. Ability to use only Alexa Voice Service and run simple Local Skills

    Hi I need to turn on a light....

    AVS is cool and can be a lot... but why I need to run a Lambda instead of run my Local Skill?

    I'm quite sure that Echo Dot or higher end Alexa Devices are quite enough powerful to run my skill locally with no remote API/KEY/VALIDATION/etc...

    Send me an xml saying
    <LIGHT name="MyLight"><NEXT_STATE>1</NEXT_STATE></LIGHT>

    It would be wonderful if we could use AVS and a very light SDK library layer to run OVER the Alexa device.
    The purpose is to transform Alexa devices into a Mic able to ask to AlexaVS and then…

    1 vote

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  8. Retrieve list of user's enabled skills

    Have access as a developer to the full list enabled skills that a user has added to their Alexa device.

    There might be use cases where a developer is dependent on another skill and wants to check if its active or not.

    GET request /user_skills

    \ TuneIn, Dominos, FitBit enabled

    1 vote

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  9. Ask dialog only shows <Short audio> when using SSML to play a file. It would be valuable to know the file name to verify code is working.

    Currently I can quickly run tests of my code in development, but I'm now adding more <audio> tags in my SSML, and when I run the replay, all I see is <Short audio> What I'd like to see is <Short audio: door_opens.mp3>, etc. Just pull the last fragment of the URI and display it in the tag (e.g /([^/]+)$/ = everything in the uri after the last forward slash.)

    Otherwise, I can't automate any tests that require verifying the audio files in my ssml are right for the current context.

    1 vote

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  10. Simon Says speech to text capture API

    Expose the same API in the ASK SDK that the Simon Says Skill has access to. Using AMAZON.SearchQuery does not cut it for messaging and social media type skills.

    Thanks

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  11. Programmatic access to the device info (network status, etc.)

    The programmatic access to the device info data would open new opportunities for business that serve the customers through Alexa.
    Also, it would allow to access the data about the environment in which the device is operated.

    1 vote

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  12. As a skill developer I want to switch between different apl versions on my own device

    As a skill developer, I have no way to reproduce a problem of an older APL version on my own device. I want to be able to choose which APL Runtime my device runs with to fix problems or to ensure better backward compatibility.

    7 votes

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  13. Enable integration of third party voice authentication mechanisms

    Many large companies have or utilize third party voice authentication mechanisms to provide voice auth across a number of channels (e.g.,IVR, mobile app). While voice profiles are available through Alexa, is it possible to have an option to reuse existing third party voice auth APIs companies have invested in already within Alexa Skills?

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  14. Provide function for escaping text in APL templates

    According to the docs, APL Text items support some HTML-like markup, with a custom escape method for special characters:

    https://developer.amazon.com/docs/alexa-presentation-language/apl-text.html

    There should be a function in the SDKs that we can use for escaping a plain text string, to display it as-is.

    Also, the chart under "Markup characters in text must be replaced with character entity references" is a little confusing. E.g. what are we supposed to replace &, <, and > with?

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  15. Hear the reprompt in Alexa Simulator

    I cannot hear the reprompt in the Alexa simulator

    3 votes

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  16. get "your locations" from within the skill

    Alexa users have the ability to store location addresses using the Alexa App, example work, school, groceries, etc. It would be great if we could get this information from within the skill itself, with user permissions of course. This would work just like retrieving the device address. We can build skills that get direction or transit information for user's favorite locations.

    2 votes

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  17. Support running ask commands in npm scripts

    To avoid having ask-cli installed globally which is not good when working with other developers together who might have version mismatches, it would be nice when you could trigger ask commands with npm scripts.

    For example:
    package.json:
    "scripts": {
    "validate": "ask validate"
    }

    Currently this throws errors like described here:
    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/211596/run-ask-commands-as-npm-script.html?childToView=212326#comment-212326

    1 vote

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  18. Invoke LaunchRequest by an external api

    via some script we hit an api for a specific user that is in front of line and Alexa responds with example speech.

    "Hi Jhon, welcome to Demo clinic"

    or
    "Hi Dave, welcome to Demo clinic"

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  19. Script or API for skill analytics

    After creating multiple skills, it's really painful to check analytics dashboard one by one for metrics. Analytics API or script can save our life

    9 votes

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  20. ASK SDK Python Lambda Layer availability in Europe

    I'd like to have a Lambda Layer for the ASK SDK Python available also in Europe region. Today it is available only in US.
    See also here for reference: https://github.com/alexa/alexa-cookbook/blob/master/resources/lambda-layers/ask-sdk-lambda-layers.md

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