Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Allow users to invoke skill intents in routine

    Recently, the ability to launch 3rd party skills from routines was added. The implementation, however, was minimal. All the user can do is launch the skill. They cannot launch a specific intent.

    To unleash the potential of 3rd party skills in routines, users should be able to specify skill intents in the routine: "Tell skill x to y"

    209 votes

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  2. Allow development skills to be used in routines.

    Allow development skills to be used in routines. If we develop a skill, and haven't published it yet, but it is enable and active on our devices then we should be able to use it within a routine (obviously on our own devices).

    106 votes

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  3. Add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine

    It will be better for the user, to add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine instead of creating separately.

    For example:

    A user creates a routine named "I'm home". The tasks under this routine will be executed when the user says to Alexa "Alexa, I'm home".

    However, the user may also say

    "Alexa, I'm back" or
    "Alexa, I return home" or
    "Alexa, I enter in sweet home" or
    "Alexa, I enter home" or
    "Alexa, I'm back to my room" or
    "Alexa, I just arrive" or
    "Alexa, I arrive home" or
    "Alexa, I reach…

    3 votes

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  4. Do not remove device from routine

    Do not remove a device from a routine if it fails to access the device. If I have a lamp turned off and run a routine that tries to turn it on or off, Alexa deletes the device from the routine.

    1 vote

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  5. Allow skills developers to invoke developing skills from routines

    Currently, only published skills can be invoked from routines. This creates difficulties in skills testing because it is impossible to test how a skill will behave being invoked from a routine. It would be easier if a routine will be able to invoke a skill in published and developing mode as well.

    2 votes

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  6. Actionable based notifications

    Alexa - I’ve noticed it’s 10 o’clock and the house alarm is not set, would you like me to set it for you?
    User - Yes (sets alarm)
    User - No (does nothing)

    1 vote

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  7. An advanced web editor for routines

    My idea has two parts:
    1. Add a web editor for routines also on alexa.amazon.* that works like android/iOS app editor
    2. Add also an "advanced mode" where you can directly write code and, maybe, add more complex logic, variables ecc...

    1 vote

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  8. Change the volume of all devices

    Change the volume of all devices, so you can change the volume of all devices at the same time not only a single device. For example if you wrote a routine called “night time” you could set all devices to a lower preset volume so as not to be so loud. Alternatively in the morning you could say “morning and all devices volume could be increased to a preset volume. And so on

    10 votes

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  9. Insert a skill at the begin of a routine

    I can only use a skill at the end of a routine? Why? I want to start with a skill inside my routine, but I get everytime a message, that this skill must be at the end of a routine.

    2 votes

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  10. Correct / Allow for any smart device as a trigger

    Your routines will not allow for any of my light switches or plugs to be used as a trigger, hence switch goes on anounce something as action. This restriction makes no sence and cannot seem to be able to find any smart switches or plugs that will show in the routines device triggers screen.

    1 vote

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  11. Alexa’s whisper for routines

    Many Alexa users experience the issue of wanting Alexa to whisper on a routine, especially for use of an alarm at night or in the morning. The issue is that many of us wake up even hours before the next person in the house has to wake up, so we can’t use Alexa as the alarm because she has a habit of screaming out her words on routines when you want her to just whisper. It would be great to see the addition of “Alexa whisper” under “device settings” when creating a routine, so that anything Alexa says during the…

    12 votes

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  12. Temperature Routine Trigger

    It would be great if you could trigger a routine based on outdoor temperature since Alexa is already able to fetch local outdoor weather information.

    8 votes

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  13. Add "Connect" Command to Routines

    Add functionality to connect echo to bluetooth devices. Voice command "Connect" needs to be available for routine execution. Please consider Germany with translated command "Verbinde"

    Currently the Echo is not automatically reconnecting on every Bluetooth device. The voice command is solving this but does not provide the user experience I expect. If I turn off external speaker for energy saving reasons at night, I cannot automatically play on the external device next morning as this is not connected.

    2 votes

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  14. Routine Trigger > Alarm > When Alarm is set & Reference the alarm's time

    This would be amazing and work so well with many people's routines from all I hear from the community, youtube, family and friends.

    Lately "when alarm is dismissed" was added as a routine's trigger. Please consider adding "when alarm is set" and combine it with referencing the alarm time.

    E.g. Trigger: "When alarm is set" > Action: "Turn on light" 30 minutes before alarm rings.

    This can not be achieved with "schedule" since alarms can be set at different times.

    Its pretty much 2 feature requests, I know, but it would increase any alarm based routine by aaa lot :)

    1 vote

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  15. temperature alarm

    The ability for Alexa to use outside temperature as an alarm trigger. "Alexa notify me if the outside temperature is under 72 degrees." A better implementation for Alexa's with a skill like Weather Bug would be "Alexa notify me if the outdoor temperature is [over/under] the indoor temperature." and the perfect implementation would be a standing command to notify me whenever the indoor & outdoor temps transition past each other.

    9 votes

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  16. Add option to allow routine to immediately continue after any action

    When you add a Music routine without specifying a length, you effectively halt the routine, no actions after that will run. I don't know if there are other actions that do this. If there were an checkbox or something in each action to "Allow routine to immediately continue" after the current action starts, this would fix the issue. Thanks, have a great day.

    2 votes

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  17. Allow controlling local servers through ssh

    My idea is to issue a command to Alexa that'll make it ssh into a server connected to the same LAN and issue commands (e.g., "sudo reboot", "sudo shutdown now") or run scripts.

    1 vote

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  18. Allow custom skill to recommend and set routines instead of users if permitted

    Alexa Routines are nice but it's still too tech-y to set up. If a custom skill has some actions suitable for using as routines, it would be great for a custom skill to recommend, ask permission from user, and set routines instead of users. This will reduce user's conflictions and increase skill usage.

    1 vote

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  19. Music & Media Action - Ability to Select Speaker

    In routines option for Music and Media action. I'd like the ability to control which speaker the action plays on. Instead of the only option being for the whole routine. For example having a routine play a spotify playlist on 1 speaker speaker while white noise skill on another speaker. All from one voice command. This would allow for more flexible routines based on bed-times and wake-ups.

    1 vote

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  20. Add support of garage door devices in routines

    Many users of our smart garage controller device requested the ability to use garage door commands in Alexa routines to enable scenarios like:


    • Ensure that all garage doors are closed at sunset

    • Control garage doors by pressing Echo button

    • Turn on and off smart lights when doors open or close

    • Open/close doors based on your location

    • Create voice aliases for various garage door commands and grouped actions

    According to Alexa developer support (CASE 7219455151) this capability is not currently supported.

    3 votes

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