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.

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  1. Reply of Intent confirmation

    I am developing a skills and using intent confirmation, when I reply to confirmation then it takes only 'Yes' and 'No'.
    There are no any other option to use synonyms of 'Yes' and 'No'.
    I.e. For 'Yes' -> 'exactly', 'ok','yea', 'fine' etc.
    For 'No' -> 'Sorry', 'Not' etc.

    1 vote

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  2. Controlling Roku with Alexa using Python

    Using Alexa to control Roku. There is an available app but it is only free for a few commands per month. Also tailored to my Roku channels and it has better navigation. Back end written in Python. Uses ngrok so my laptop is the back end so it can control Roku locally.

    1 vote

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  3. profile

    Need the ability to have all my kids see all echo devices in alexa app (should be aws orgs where all the devices roll up to parent account and then permission granted for devices to other house hold alexa users) to better utilize features such as going to a room and playing selected users playlist or to be able to control smart home features using alexa app as each child / adult has a different alexa login.

    1 vote

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  4. Share and Follow Mechanics

    The Alexa Voice Experience is such a solo experience.

    Working out how to share and follow on Alexa is going to be success for Alexa's Skills.

    Here is an example of the sharing mechanic:

    "Do you want to share this forecast with your Mum?"

    "Yes"

    Alexa accesses user's address book.

    Sends notification to "Mum's" phone via text message.

    "Your daughter" wants to share her latest forecast with you?"

    "Mum" clicks on notification link.

    Link takes "Mum" to Alexa app and it enables the skill.

    Alexa says "Your daughter wants you to know this forecast"

    "Mum" hears Alexa talking.

    Alexa says…

    1 vote

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  5. Let skill determine between an invocation on the app, and physical device

    Currently, the Alexa app will resolve a listen() call within 1-2 seconds, requiring the user to make an immediate reply.

    A physical device will wait 8 seconds.

    By knowing on which type of device I'm running I can add a few seconds of silence to the playback, to give a good user experience, without them having to upgrade the app. (Assuming a fixed version of the app exists.)

    1 vote

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  6. Language (Skill Language vs Device Language)

    There are three places where we set the Language.

    1) When the developer builds an Alexa Skill.
    2) The Device settings.
    3) Skill Distribution Option - Where would you like this skill to be available? * In all countries and regions where Amazon distributes skills?

    Problem: "I developed my skills in English (US) then my Alexa Echo Dot --> language --> English (US). Things are working fine." My Skill got Certified. Now I see there is English (IN). If my change my Alexa Echo Dot --> language --> English (IN). I am not able to Play my Skill. I am…

    3 votes

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  7. When Alexa app will be officially available in Switzerland?

    When Alexa will be officially available in switzerland?

    15 votes

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  8. APL designed skills having a darker tint/overlay on listening mode seems to be a UX flaw. Why hinder visibility?

    Why do APL designed skills have a dark tint/overlay on listening mode?
    This seems to be a UX flaw.
    Why hinder visibility of a skill designed to have a visible aspect?

    The blue waving graphic should be more than enough to let the user know Alexa is listening.

    1 vote

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  9. Be able to group routines by room.

    Because routines are a way to control multiple things at once, they are used pretty frequently. When too many routines are created, the list gets disorganized and a little chaotic. Why not have the ability to group your routines by the rooms they control?

    10 votes

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  10. 2 votes

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  11. 9 votes

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  12. Alexa Routines to have a "Post HTTP" option for simple automation.

    Simple voice control of DIY devices could be achieved if the Routines section of the Alexa App had an option to do an HTTP POST.

    eg/ I have a home-made lamp (based on an ESP8266) which I currently control using a custom skill that drops the JSON payload to a Linux server which interprets it then does a HTTP POST to the lamp's URL with the required mode as a parameter. ("mode=candles"/"mode=off"/"mode=purple"...etc)

    I could (and other hobbiests and educators could) much more easily have implemented this with an Alexa Routine identified by "make it candle time" with a line in…

    2 votes

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  13. Enable opening of browser bookmarks on Echo Show by voice

    Being able to launch a bookmark on the Echo Show browsers by voice would bring a whole new functionality to voice interactions on the Echo Show device.

    25 votes

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  14. QR Codes for Alexa Skills

    Would QR codes work with Alexa Skills?

    2 votes

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  15. location based skill recommendation

    It'll be amazing if we can have location based skill recommendation. e.g.
    When saying "Find San Francisco skills", it will recommend related local skills for me

    2 votes

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  16. switch accounts on ios companion app

    I have a personal alexa account and now a work one. I have added my work account to my household via the companion app but my alexa skill does not function properly. I believe I have to switch accounts to be successful. The ios companion app does now allow account switching and I do not want to have to constantly switch accounts for work and for personal. Please make this less annoying.

    1 vote

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  17. create and control configurable subgroups for selective device control

    Create configurable sub groups within groups to allow users to control a set of devices based on type to better manage large numbers of devices.

    This improves user experience for managing devices in groups (rooms) and groups within rooms. Currently Alexa organises switches and lights separately but you cannot ask alexa to turn off only lights in a room as part of that subgroup

    I cannot ask alexa to turn off 'lounge room lights' without it turning off the switches in the same room/group.

    If we can create and submit commands to devices as part of sub groups, we can…

    9 votes

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  18. Allow developers to respond to reviews for their Alexa skills

    Reviews are one of the major ways people will decide to use your skills. It is also where developers get a lot of feedback or questions regarding their skills. Whilst you can respond to these reviews on the amazon website, it is not visible within the Alexa App for others to see.

    Please allow developers to be able to respond to reviews within the Alexa app. It will provide an easy way to answer any questions and will allow new potential users to see responses by the developer that might otherwise deter them from trying the skill.

    41 votes

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  19. Retrieve Echo Device Name in LaunchRequest in addition to DeviceID

    My live skill has customers who have multiple Alexa devices and I need to provide them a UI to tie a device with a particular task.

    The problem is in LaunchRequest I get a device ID like this. amzn1.ask.device.AHKJQG7VUA6HX4FMMCRQYRFTTXTZACQAJVH3KRR5MBLNC64UQ7UMWH3FKSYAXMICNCWARKPUAPBOYXFMDZLXYQE5WJL4GMZUJX6S4JBXOE7ZCSKBH3T47C7UZ2W4Q3XPROSWKGANQHSPNRX5GQ5IIUH3VKTQ

    If I show this in a dropdown to the customer to choose from, their brains will explode. Can you not pass us the friendly name of the device like "Ben's bedroom" or "Alice's living"

    4 votes

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  20. Show Mode on iOS and Android Alexa App

    Bring full Show Mode support to Alexa App on iOS and Android for Phones and Tablets similar to Show Mode on Fire Tablets with full Support for APL.

    Amazon Music App already supports wake word while the app is open. Do the same in Alexa App while open with Show Mode to complete the Phone and Tablet experience on iOS and Android for multi-modal designed skills.

    5 votes

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