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. 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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  2. Smart Home Entertainment Presets

    Our hifi devices have a feature which we call pins, but can be more generally described as presets - a bit like the ones you'd find on a car radio. It provides instant access to preselected music.

    We'd like to offer these through our Smart Home Skill, for the moment, we've overloaded the Channel API permitted 6 channels 1 to 6 and also PIN x where x is a the number 1 to 6. This makes starting a pin rather awkward as you need to ask:

    Alexa, change channel to PIN 4 on Kitchen

    Would it be possible to introduce…

    2 votes

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  3. Enable Alexa of initiating aconversation

    The idea is to enable Alexa of initiating a conversation, rather than just responding to inquiries. Some applications, such as using Alexa to interact with an autistic child, require that Alexa starts the conversation in some cases. Giving Alexa this ability may open the door for new and out of the box solutions.

    8 votes

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  4. Alexa, did the power go out today?

    She can't tell me how long she has been on, when she last rebooted, I want to know if the power tripped, and ideally how long it was out.

    14 votes

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  5. Give the time in Routines

    Presently we are able to get the News, Weather, or Traffic in a Routine. But right now we can’t get a simple time-stamp in a Routine. It would be nice if I could verbally trigger a Bedtime Routine that adjusted lights, temperature, and said “It’s 11:23pm. Good night!” It would seem rather simple to add this capability; wouldn’t seem any more difficult than News, Weather, or Traffic.

    13 votes

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  6. Cosidering Alexa developer reward as achievement

    Issuing a certificate etc for the developers whose skill qualified for the most engaging skill reward or other.

    Reason: One of my skill recently qualified for the reward but I doubt even receiving it because of my nationality and student profile

    2 votes

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  7. Alexa Support Center Portal Request

    It would be great if there was an Alexa Support Center Portal comparable to the AWS Support Center Portal.

    This would make it much easier to submit and track any and all Alexa specific support requests beyond posting to the Alexa forums which is great for a variety of general to specific questions, but falls short for addressing specific account-related and proprietary questions and such.

    Further, having this feature would minimize time and friction going back-and-forth between the AWS Support Team through the AWS Support Center and the Alexa Support Team through the Alexa Forums, Contact Us, Email, etc and…

    1 vote

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  8. Add an SSML tag to allow alexa to sing

    When you request Alexa to sing a song she will but there are no SSML tags to allow developers to request this using code

    9 votes

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  9. Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look Camera

    Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look camera for both taking a picture or capturing video - bonus: easy integration with AWS Rekognition in ASK would be ideal.

    31 votes

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  10. 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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  11. "Stop" when "Follow up" mode is on....

    While I'm a fan of the newly launched "Follow up" mode, how it handles stop in the context of a Third Party skill creates some non-trivial user experience problems, where the skill continues to listen after the user has said "stop". For users, "Stop" has a clear meaning. Stop the interaction with Alexa. It doesn't mean, stop talking to the skill and lets go back to "Alexa proper". That's not the user's mental model.

    2 votes

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  12. 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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  13. Share Skill in Australia

    Sharing skills in Australia?

    How come we can't share a skill in Australia?!?!?!

    1 vote

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  14. Ability to transfer a skill if ownership changes

    Ability to transfer a skill from my account to a client's account.

    104 votes

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  15. Allows text align on list templates

    Allow for text to be top aligned in list templates.

    1 vote

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  16. 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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  17. 3rd Party Skills in Templates

    With the release of Skill Templates, Amazon has an very easy way to implement one of the most requested features: allow 3rd party skills to be invoked without saying an invocation phrase.

    Templates should support 3rd party skills. The "Custom Q&A" Template allows Alexa to answer questions without invocation phrases (e.g., "What's dad's phone number?") It should also allow such questions to invoke 3rd party skills selected by the user.

    1 vote

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  18. Show raw response from https server

    I would like to be able to test my skill and see the actual raw response from my https server

    2 votes

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  19. Perform Account un-linking on behalf of your customers

    Being able to proactively un-link your users when your access scopes change.

    If for some reason you need to add a scope, you will have to tell your users to disable the skill and reconnect to allow access with the new scope in order to have access to your new features.

    There should be a way to unlink all customers and force relogin for all existing customers so that they can re-login with the updated scopes

    1 vote

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  20. 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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