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. SSML - Interpret As character - Doesn't respect case

    Interpret-as tag allows you to have the device speak characters, numbers, addresses, etc.

    One thing I noticed however is it doesn't respect case. I was wondering if something can perhaps be added to address this? If you echo out the below ssml you will just get a-b-t-h back. Ideally it would say Capital A, lowercase b, Capital T, lowercase h. I have a skill that echos back password values that are generated with different case. Right now I have to pass this into a function and do this mapping on my own, would be nice if it was something built…

    2 votes

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  2. Intent and Interface: AMAZON.ExtendedHoldIntent & Audio Recorder Interface

    Creation of an "AMAZON.ExtendedHoldIntent" type intent.

    To the user, the device clearly indicates to be in a waiting state by graying out or blanking the screen.
    A mauve to white to mauve triangle wave flashes on the hardware LED(s) as the indicator.
    "(wake work +), I'm back / okay / continue etc." re-triggers the previous speech directive and prompt etc.
    AWS modifies the Lambda’s context.
    The Alexa Skill triggers the lambda with previous attributes and is not a new session.
    Amazon decides how best to handle the Lambda compute use time increase, or which maximums are allowable.

    Creation of a…

    4 votes

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  3. allow for more than one invocation name

    I build skills for banks and CUs. In reality, some end users will include the term "bank" when they ask Alexa for something and others won't. I'd like the ability that for a bank skill, the main invocation name would be "XYZ United Bank," but that I can mask variations of this such as "XYZ United" that will also work. This is critical to user satisfaction!

    1 vote

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  4. Detect if Alexa was interrupted

    It would be great if you could detect if Alexa was interrupted or not.

    An example:

    Alexa: I found three messages. Message one: [Message one title]. Do you want more information?
    User: Yes.
    Alexa: [Message one content] (much). Message two: [Message two title|. Do you want more information?

    It could be that the user interrupts Alexa when she says the message one content because he notices that he knows the message already. Then he would say "Alexa, next".

    When Alexa was finshed and the user says "next", Alexa should give message three.
    When Alexa was interrupted, she should give message…

    3 votes

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  5. search function on dev portal

    you need to put a beard feature for the list of skill so that people can find their skills when they create a bunch of them

    1 vote

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  6. Enable multi-device gameplay

    Currently gameplay is limited to single device. Communicating cross device — ex. Drop in — is available, but not gameplay. Being able to challenge/play multiple devices at different locations — rooms, houses, etc.

    1 vote

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  7. Integrate local testing in ask-cli

    Its very annoying, that you can not test your skill without deploying it. Especially because you have to change the lambda endpoint when updating your skill because otherwise your live lambda function will be overwritten.

    It would be great to be able to test locally like 'ask-simulate' without deploying.

    4 votes

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  8. Can i connect Alexa with Wallmote and invoke Alexa by triggering without using wake up word.

    I want to connect Alexa with wallmote in IOT, and want to wake Alexa when a switch has been pressed in wallmote, without saying the invoke word "Alexa", For this is there of any possibilities of writting trigger function in API's or event creation when button pressed in wallmote.

    1 vote

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  9. Automatic Skill Activation

    Automatic Skill Activation

    This is really a must for Alexa to have scheduled skill invocation without voice command ... please make it happen!

    7 votes

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  10. Developer Support Contact Us - Add ticket status, message history & make cases/tickets closed to general public

    Developer Support Contact Us link that shows the message history and current status of opened tickets.

    Right now the only options are to post in the Alexa Skills Forum or submit a contact us ticket here.

    https://developer.amazon.com/support/contact-us?caseID=XXXXXX

    Creating a portal where a user can check the status of their tickets would help reduce the number of duplicate submissions, less work connecting the tickets to each other.

    I'd also recommend that the public can't view the ticket's message history and status unless they are logged in with valid permissions, so skill-Id's and details about IP won't be shared to the general…

    5 votes

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  11. Add some kind of "anti-trigger" to ignore the wake word in audio.

    Allow the adding of some kind of "anti-trigger" that will stop Alexa waking itself when the invocation word is mentioned in a podcast, or SSML audio. And/or, allow a flag that will reduce sensitivity to the wake-word during a particular piece of audio, using the mic array to detect whether the wake word was generated internally or externally.

    I know that there is an unofficial theory that self-invocation can be lessened by boosting / cutting certain frequencies around the actual wake-word, but this isn't always practical where third-party audio is involved.

    10 votes

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  12. Skill speaks device setting wake word

    I want skill to be able to speak wake word, from device settings word.

    Use case is skill help message.

    Implement with SSML.
    exsample...
    New ssml tag is 'amazon:wakeword'
    <speak>To stop skill, please say <amazon:wakeword name='device'/> Stop.</speak>

    10 votes

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  13. Shopping list

    Allow users to reorder items within a list ie; move an item up or down and allow sub-categories.
    Also, provide a way to see all items on all lists and move an item to another list

    12 votes

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  14. Interract with other entry other than voice or self configure in routine

    Possibility to expose an API to remotly interract with alexa, or give the routnie to be more complex to send ifttt command and auto set alexa commande and request.
    For example , i actualy try to run complexe routines passing by ifttt, push bullet, local node js server to :
    - request alexa to connect to bluetooth
    - start AV receiver : working fine
    - configure AV receiver to good entry, volume, etc : working fine
    - request Alexa to connect to bluetooth : impossible without another voice commande
    - request alexa to set volume to 5 : impossible without…

    2 votes

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  15. Unlink Endpoint

    Please provide an endpoint for when a user disables (unlinks) a linked skill.
    This will allow us to know its time to delete any data we have for the user, and therefore be good to users with the use of their data.

    3 votes

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  16. Service Status Monitors

    On March 2nd there was a system-wide Alexa outage, taking down the ability to use the voice assistant, as well as the ability to use the developer console.

    For many of us in the development community, this appeared at first to be an issue with our skills, so we ended up getting spun up in troubleshooting mode.

    As a developer, I would like the ability to check the overall health of the Alexa components that I am dependent upon.

    AWS does a great job of this exact thing, and could serve as a model: https://status.aws.amazon.com/

    5 votes

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  17. Get IP from the user

    Can we have built-in slot for IP address for v4 and v6? E.g. AMAZON.IP4 and AMAZON.IP6? Thanks!

    3 votes

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  18. allow Alexa to initiate conversation

    At times, request processing takes more than it is allowed by Alexa timeout. I want to be able to wake Alexa up and give user feedback

    4 votes

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  19. bug in Analytics locale selection

    bug.
    for my skill which is published for US, UK, and CA, the Analytics view lists the option for U.S. twice, and no option for C.A. One of the two U.S. options returns no data. The other works as expected.

    2 votes

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  20. Skill Review ETA

    Idea: Post an ETA for Skill acceptance. I submitted my skill over 2 weeks ago and it is still sitting there with a status of "In Review".

    2 votes

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