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. phone to alexa

    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…

    1 vote

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  2. Alexa to play audio and listen at the same time

    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.

    1 vote

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  3. Make built in APL components to be more flexible

    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

    2 votes

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  4. Allow outDir and build command for Alexa hosted skill

    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.

    1 vote

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  5. Golang ASK SDK (Custom + Smart Home)

    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.

    1 vote

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  6. Add Alexa Conversations support for English (CA)

    Please add support for English (CA) locale for Alexa Conversations.
    I just developed a custom skill using Alexa Conversations here in Canada and I can't even download it onto devices here.

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  7. deploy skill to a new profile

    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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  8. timer smarthome

    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.

    2 votes

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  9. Access to raw speach-to-text input

    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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  10. APL Transform Rotate Y and X on 2D objects

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

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  11. Allow Access to User Response Audio Clip

    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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  12. Allow visual skill developers to hold the screen open without resorting to APL "delay" commands

    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?

    2 votes

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  13. Allow Alarm feature in custom Alexa skill

    Please allow us to create custom alarm skill so that we can create really cool features with that.

    3 votes

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  14. add currency slot type

    add currency slot type

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  15. As a skill developer I want to switch between different apl versions on my own device

    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.

    7 votes

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  16. Script or API for skill analytics

    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

    9 votes

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  18. SpeakItem element that is being read

    Provide ability to know the SpeakItem element that is currently being read (and being notified about it). Why? To keep the state, and when the user activate the skill again, it can start reading from the last SpeakItem element.

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  19. outbound calling

    Please add the feature whereby a particular utterance would invoke Alexa to make an outbound call to a hard-coded phone number.

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  20. APL: Add the ordinalText parameter to AlexaTextListItem

    AlexaTextListItem's layout includes AlexaOrdinal. The latter has the parameter ordinalText. It would be nice to add to AlexaTextListItem the same parameter and pass it to the internal AlexaOrdinal.

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