Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Mute audio while call.

    Alexa should be able to recognize an active call if the cellphone is connected by Bluetooth. Then alexa schould mute audio during the call.

    6 votes
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  2. Send PlaybackNearlyFinished for short tracks, or allow responses to other

    I have been asked to post bug reports here, so:

    There is a long-term issue (at least since May 2018) with PlaybackNearlyFinished not firing for shorter tracks.

    It has affected many developers, for example here: https://github.com/alexa/skill-sample-nodejs-audio-player/issues/104
    and here
    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/178909/about-alexa-audio-error-on-skills.html

    From my testing, sometimes it triggers on tracks around 15 seconds, sometimes it doesn't even trigger on tracks 30 seconds long.

    The problem is that the only AudioPlayerEvent you can respond to with an ENQUEUE event is PlaybackNearlyFinished.

    If this "short track bug" cannot be fixed, then at least if developers were allowed to ENQUEUE in response to other events (eg:…

    5 votes
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  3. Option to normalize audio output

    Currently there is no option to normalize the audio output from Alexa - e.g. the radio is playing and if you ask Alexa to do or answer something, you can hardly understand her.

    When you therefore raise the volume, the radio volume is afterwards way to high, so you have to lower the volume and won't understand Alex after that.

    4 votes
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  4. Add option to display hint with Audio Player Metadata

    I have been using the new metadata field with the Audio Player in order to show title's and an image. However, there is no way to put my own hint on the screen. The Echo Show shows hints but they are hints not related to my skill. It would be nice to override that and display my own hints.

    4 votes
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  5. Let Video Player support WebRTC

    Currently, WebRTC is only available for smart home skills. A custom skill could only use Video Player to play videos using protocols like HLS.
    It would be nice for Video Player to support WebRTC, which could greatly decrease the latency caused by HLS.

    3 votes
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  6. Session should remain active while audio player is running.

    While audio player is running, user can only move next or previous in the audio player. The session closes so any other command for skill has to be made after again reopening the session by saying invocation name which creates such an awkward user experience.

    There are below use cases in the skill that i want to develop.
    1) Let user purchase product in between on going songs
    2) Let user navigate to main menu while audio player is playing.
    3) Let user choose from playlist while audio is playing in audio player

    All the above three are restricted as…

    3 votes
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  7. Simultaneous sounds

    Allow for multiple sounds described using SSML to be played simultaneously. This will eliminate the need to wait for a sound to be finished playing before starting a new one or to be able to create more complex sound streams.

    3 votes
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  8. Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    3 votes
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  9. Audio Player analytics

    When using the audio player, there's a few things missing that would be useful to know. For example, did the audio playback fail or was it successful? How long did someone spend listening? Did they listen all the way through or quit at the beginning?

    2 votes
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  10. Refactor VideoApp Interface Design to be embeddable

    I want to design skills that play videos as a "natural" part of the skill.

    My example scenario:
    I'm building a custom company wiki with Alexa, that can be used to get some information about our company. They can use standard web-page-like intents, e.g. "How many employees has the company?", or ListTemplate based choices, e.g. "Buildings of the company in city x".
    I also want to show videos about our products or an image video embedded as "natural part" of the skill.

    For example:
    - use of custom skill intents during video playtime
    - display custom hints, or disable the…

    2 votes
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  11. Add SeekController to the Smart Home API (in addition to Video)

    The SeekController interface is currently only available for Video skills, whereas e.g. the PlaybackController interface is available for both Video and Smart Home skills. Saying 'go back 20 seconds' for a movie scene is a clear use of the interface, but this applies just as well to music (e.g. to repeat a guitar riff in a song). It may not be possible with streaming music but it can be done when controlling a media player playing local MP3 files so it would be a useful feature.

    2 votes
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  12. Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices other than the Cube

    Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices

    Currently: Fire TV Cube supports the Display interface. Other Fire TV devices do not currently support the Display interface. It would be nice if they did since it would be a larger market.

    2 votes
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  13. Do not require SSL for audio player streams

    Everyone likes the padlock in their URL bar. But, most (if not all) security breaches come from database theft, not IP packet sniffing -- especially sniffing of audio streams. Requiring SSL for audio streams/files is an extra complication that brings no benefit to the user, but introduces additional burden to the developer. Eliminate this requirement.

    1 vote
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  14. Add a playSpeed attribute for the Video component

    In the APL Video component the play speed cannot currently be increased or decreased. Adding a speed attribute would be useful for some use cases: e.g. games with higher difficulty could increase the play speed for a video-presented task.

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  15. Allow for much longer audio responses in APL for Audio

    The current limit is 4 minutes. Our app plays backing tracks for guitarists and this is way too short. Please increase to at least 20 mins.

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  16. alexa read kindle books speed control

    It would be great to give Alexa the ability to read Kindle books at variable speeds. I usually listen to books and podcasts at 1.25x normal speed. I can't do this with the Alexa app controls.

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  17. mirror echo show screen to tv

    would love to see the Screensaver/ echo show congregation displayed on my large TV so I can easily see my reminders calendar event.

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  18. Add A Video Timer

    I would like to fall asleep to Forensic Files but don't want it to play all night long and currently, the 'Alexa, set a sleep timer for ***' doesn't work for that. There's no way to turn the videos off after a specific amount of time except to wake up and tell Alexa to turn it off. Since this comes from Amazon Prime Video, there should be no reason that this can't be incorporated. I can set a timer for pretty much anything else, But Video! I've seen lots of requests for this. I imagine there are a lot of…

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  19. Want to play amazon music in background as I watch video feed from cloud cam

    I want to be able to watch a video feed from an added camera device (Amazon cloud cam, blink cam, eufycam, etc) while listening to amazon music in the background. Currently I have to switch between the two and cannot monitor my child's camera while listening to music.

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  20. Ability to create and change sound profile

    Ability to create and change sound profiles. So, the ability to save Bass-Midrange-Treble audio setting to a specific profile (ex. Podcast, Rock). And later, have the ability to change via voice (Alexa, set audio profile to Rock), Or (Alexa, change audio profile on Bedroom Echo to Podcast)

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