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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. Add Spanish language

    Add Spanish as a supported language so users can talk to Alexa in Spanish

    6 votes
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  2. Be able to activate skills with routines

    Routines are currently extremely limited compared to other devices. Combining multiple commands or skill activations or being able to write code into routines would be extremely valuable for power users.

    7 votes
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  3. Have Alexa pause during a conversation to allow user to think

    Have Alexa pause when user needs time to think about a response/answer.

    User can say: "wait" or "pause" or "one sec"
    System will flash orange ring until user says: "OK"

    Conversation flow resumes.

    20 votes
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  4. Slot type "number" with leading zero

    Need a "number" that supports leading zero's. So when a user enters "012" it reads back "zero one two". The current number type reads back "twelve".

    6 votes
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  5. Skill sorting in the Developer Console (by recently modified or name)

    Please add the ability to sort Skills in the new Developer Console by name or by modification date. The old Developer Console sorted by modification date which allowed developers of many Skills to keep better track of their recent changes.

    9 votes
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  6. Beta Testing retain testers' email

    It would be great if the new console's beta testing retained tester emails when beta testing ended, just like the old console's beta testing page.

    For example in the old view, when a skill ended either manually or automatically and I tried started it up, previous tester email addresses would prepopulate.

    It would be great if we can have this feature within the new console's beta testing page because it made it easier to relaunch without having to find who the old testers were and copying and pasting them in.

    8 votes
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  7. Add support for GIF and Video as background for Display Interface and Templates

    Developers should be able to use GIFs and Videos for the background of their Display Interfaces and Templates including for Echo Spot and Echo Show.

    2 votes
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  8. Allow Changing Endpoints for a Live Skill

    Allow the Endpoints to be changed for a Live skill WITHOUT submitting for re-certification.

    In the new Developer Console for a Live (already published) skill, you can see the endpoint ARNs in textboxes which would indicate that they are editable, but the Save Endpoints button is disabled.

    The following scenarios outline why the endpoints should be editable. The timing and reasons for changing the endpoints shows that they should be done without triggering a re-certification.

    Scenario 1
    The skill's lambda function is hosted in a region that goes down. With a quick change of the ARNs, your skill will be…

    4 votes
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  9. Fix slot value depending on Utterances

    Hi,
    is there a way to set devault slot values?
    I work with money value slots and in german there is the problem with "one".
    We count one (1), two (2), three (3)...
    in german eins, zwei, drei ...
    but we don't say "eins Euro" we say "einen Euro" or "ein Euro". Same for one cent or size value.

    I know I can fix it with a secound intent like:
    1. Intent
    {euro} Euro
    2. Intent
    ein Euro
    einen Euro

    If there a better way to do it? something like fix slot values depending on the utterances?

    greatings
    Marc

    2 votes
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  10. Support for Old Console Style Intents and Utterances

    Allow for the creation and pasting of intent schema and sample utterance in the style of the old console. Provide a box to write sample utterances and intent schema into in the old style.

    6 votes
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  11. A tool to help find synonyms for slots.

    People think differently how to describe what they want, and so they have many different ways to verbalize slots. Currently, to account for those different words, the developer would have to manually come up with those variations. Either though their imagination or by manually asking people to interact with the skill. These are great methods, but they are slow and very localized.

    It would be great to have some tool, like a built-in mass user testing tool or even a built in synonym recommendation tool.

    2 votes
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  12. Provide device timezone in Alexa requests

    I have created a skill that manages daily routines. When invoked, the skill needs to calculate If a user completed a task on the same day.

    As of now, I'm guessing the timezone by the locale, but this is far from exact.

    Asking for the postal code permission is a deal breaker.

    I'm sure there are a lot of other skills that also would benefit from knowing the timezone.

    71 votes
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  13. Alexa, Turn on/off 'device' in "x" minutes

    Using timer trigger for this will help. Currently, you can only achieve this by defining a specific time.

    This is especially useful for devices that would normally be set to the default position of "on" and I don't want to forget that I temporarily turned it off.

    Alternatively, you could give us the ability "if off, turn on in 'x' minutes".

    Also useful because default position in most switches is 'off' after power outage. Right now, I'm running a 'turn on' once per hour in case of power failure.

    I'd really like to get it down to 10 minutes but…

    7 votes
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  14. The ability to turn on/off an Echo alarm with a smart home sensor or switch.

    It would be useful to allow smart home partners like Smartthings to turn off an alarm set on an Echo. For instance; if a motion sensor detects motion then turn off alarm so no voice control is necessary.

    3 votes
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  15. The ability to set an alarm in one room to go off in another room.

    Set an alarm on Echo in one room, say the kitchen to go off in another room like the bedroom.

    3 votes
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  16. Kids skill support for India

    I want to develop Alexa kids skill for India, Could you please let me know when Amazon add support for it.

    1 vote
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  17. Add DynamoDB to ask-cli

    The Alexa Skills Kit for Node.js includes support for creating a DynomoDB table to hold attribute values across sessions. To create the table dynamically, the Lambda function is typically given DynamoDBFullAccess permissions.

    This feature is to remove the table creation code from ASK SDK Node and move it to the ASK CLI as part of the deploy command. This will allow the lambda function to have reduced permissions to insert rows, read, write, and delete.

    Configuration for the table name and region would be stored in '.ask/config'

    The command would be:
    $ deploy --target dynamoDB

    This would create the table…

    4 votes
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  18. Enable AudioPlayer interface on Fire TV devices

    Fire TV devices offer a very economical and accessible way for blind people to interact with Alexa. However, at the moment:

    "Note: Fire TV devices do not currently support the AudioPlayer "interface".

    It would open up a huge potential user base to get this interface enabled as soon as possible. Thank you.

    9 votes
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  19. Sample Utterances

    Most of us create a Sample Utterances file
    to copy and past. now you have to type each one in. Also you get Timed out, and have to do it all over again. please fix this.

    1 vote
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  20. Intent confirmation doesn't allow $

    I have the following Intent Confirmation:

    Ok, got it. Let me confirm. You want to pick up a car on {startDate} at the {pickupLocation} and return it on {endDate} for a daily rate of ${rentalRate} , right?

    The slot type for rentalRate is number. In order to say the decimal value of rentalRate as "thirty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents", I need to use the $ before it. There is no SSML say-as to make a decimal number into a currency.

    The UI gives me the following error when I try to add the dollar sign: "You have invalid characters"

    This…

    1 vote
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