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. There is an extremely low amount of skills that can be used with the Proactive Events API. For Developers that need to send notifications to end users, this is abhorrent. I'm an IOT Developer within local government, looking to send users notifications for garbage and bridge closures, yet none of the schemas are applicable, even the Trash one is limited to a set of options that doesn't accurately convey the required information. This means that developers have to use workarounds, such as the Notify Me skill to be able to send that information to End Users, and also means that…

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  2. It would be nice if we were able to implement fast forward and rewind capability in the Audio Player API. There is no built in intent that would allow us to do this. This would also need to include the current offsetinms (the amount of time that has been played so far) in the request to the code.

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  3. CodeSigning jobs take an S3 Lambda source and copy it to a second, signed, S3 bucket. "ask deploy" goes straight from local hard disk to deployed lambda. It would be great for "ask deploy" to run a CodeSigning job ... currently I don't see a way to do this.

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  4. I want to be able to develop a skill that will do the call of a prayer for Muslim users 5 times a day. I get asked by my users all the time about this and I have to explain that Alexa does not allow it.

    The idea is simple,
    1. the skill should be able to set up 5 alarms every day with custom sound. The custom sound will be the call of the prayer.
    2. The skill has to have the ability to autonomously change the time of those 5 alarms every day without the user interaction.

    It…

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  5. Previously, the Timer API didn't ring.
    However, now that the Timer API is ringing, I can't hear the ANNOUNCE operation announcement.

    I want you to improve the behavior of the Timer API.
    No ringing sound is needed.

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  6. it would be interesting to have the possibility to activate a skill by pressing a button from an app or by pressing a link on a website.

    Here is an example scenario.

    The skil "Magnitudine Assoluta" (amzn1.ask.skill.27a6febc-be8c-46ad-94a8-3211d12d87ad) satisfies the user's requests by searching on the website www.magnitudine-assoluta.it the topics desired by the user.

    But if the user is comfortably lying on the sofa with the phone in his hand and is browsing the site, he could find an article, understand that he is interested and press a link "Listen with Alexa", which somehow activates an intent of the skill on…

    2 votes

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  7. can Alexa listen and play audio at the same time?

    This could be in a quiz format for example, Alexa asks a quiz question and then plays dramatic/ tense music until the user responds with an answer

    For UX reasons, it would be good to avoid making the user use the wake word. I don't really want them to have to start each answer with "Alexa,.." or whatever.

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  8. My use case requires image lists in APL but with some custom styling to match branding. It would be great if I could override some of the styles in an AlexaImageList component to get the benefit of all the existing responsive behaviour and at the same time, apply required colors

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  9. When using Alexa hosted skill there's no ability to define the
    "outDir": "dist" instead a hardcoded index.js is always used. While this isn't a blocker it's not a great experience.

    It would be nice to define a build command when the deploy happens for example in package.json under scripts like the following

    npm run compile

    which would then compile the TypeScript source code in the src directory and output it to the dist directory.

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  10. I have been developing Smart Home Skills in Golang and would like to move into a hybrid model (Custom + Smart Home).
    I realized that the SDKs for the various features in the Custom Alexa Skills are available in Java, Python, and Javascript.

    Considering the skills are triggered through Lambda functions and Golang is a supported platform, could you let me know if a Go SDK might be on your roadmap? It will help to decide the course of further development.

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  11. Currently it's not possible to use the profile to deploy an Alexa skill to a second AWS account. The aim of this feature to enable this capability in ask-cli to use ask deploy --profile command to deploy the skill to a new account.

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  12. Capability to Set timer and Get timer on Non cooking appliances should be added.

    Like to set timer on Laundry appliances or dish appliances and get time remaining on those appliances.

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  13. The only way to hold a skill open (as far as I can tell) is to use long-running APL "delay" commands. I've also heard of people playing a silent audio file to prevent closure. This is not great. Can we have a feature to explicitly hold the session open until the user closes it?

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  14. I am creating a skill that needs to work in a mix mode environment: One that takes advantage of Alexa's natural language engine (slots/intents) and one that allows me to handle raw user input as text. Could it be possible to integrate "Amazon Transcribe" with Alexa to achieve this? I have implemented a work around using dynamic entities but the processing time makes the transaction too slow and impractical as an app.

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  15. I would like to see more CSS transforms for animation commands such as transform: rotateY() or rotateX on 2D objects.

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  16. I need access to the user response audio clip in order to map intonations, pitch, speed, etc. Please prioritize enriching the ASK SDK with a method to retrieve the audio response clip and ability to save the audio clip to a json, mp3, or wav file for processing.

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  17. As a skill developer, I have no way to reproduce a problem of an older APL version on my own device. I want to be able to choose which APL Runtime my device runs with to fix problems or to ensure better backward compatibility.

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  18. After creating multiple skills, it's really painful to check analytics dashboard one by one for metrics. Analytics API or script can save our life

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  19. Could you please include in the JSON response an indicator of which environment the request are coming from? I.e. "Live" or "Development". This would make CloudWatch filtering easy.

    Thanks!

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