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. 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"

    185 votes
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    Received  ·  22 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add Vietnamese language

    Please add the Vietnamese language so users can talk to Alexa in Vietnamese. We love Alexa!

    154 votes
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    Received  ·  33 comments  ·  International/regions/languages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 30 second audio / video preview of skill

    To help users decide whether a skill should be used it would be great to have a 30 second audio clip with a promo / preview of a skill.

    Similar to how the app store has videos or images of apps the user can listen before committing to enabling or invoking the skill.

    These clips would surface in three places:


    1. On the skills directory page in the Alexa App

    2. On the skills directory page in the amazon website

    3. As an option to listen to when Alexa recommends a skill

    The audio clip would be uploaded / submitted during the submission…

    13 votes
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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Alexa Skill Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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).

    78 votes
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    Received  ·  20 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Russian support

    Would be lovely if Alexa'd have russian language support. Some friends of mine and I were thinking of bringing Alexa to grandparents as they don't use any smart devices and speaking would be the easiest way for them.

    520 votes
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  6. bluetooth "brief mode" turns off device connection notification off

    having alexa blast "playing from <device name>" is very annoying and there is not setting to turn it off. I would like to propose that a setting be added or that "brief mode" would mute these bluetooth connection/playing notifications.

    There is a question related here: https://www.amazonforum.com/s/question/0D54P00006zStJTSA0/how-do-i-stop-alexa-from-telling-me-its-connected-to-my-phone

    20 votes
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  7. Other e-mails for skill certification.

    Allow developers to add multiple email addresses in the Dev consul under the certification tab to receive feedback pertaining to the skill. In addition place the feedback in the certification tab instead of just having a general message that is of no value to the developer.

    32 votes
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  8. Transfer audio to another device

    Move audio to another device, i.e. I’m done in the kitchen and want to continue listening in the dining room. “Alexa,follow me to the dining room.”

    7 votes
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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Music Skills  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Add Dutch Language

    Please add Dutch language support for Alexa and make it available in The Netherlands.

    You can contact me if there is a beta program or if I can help with voice recognition.

    106 votes
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  10. Standard Built-in Intent: PurchaseIntent

    ISP requires a "purchase"-intent to be available in the interaction model, currently every developer implements his own "purchase"-intent with his own utterances. This is not user friendly, as a user cannot rely on being able to use learned utterances from "skill A" in "skill B". So my idea is a new standard built-in "PurchaseIntent".

    6 votes
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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Built-in Intent / Slots  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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

    8 votes
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    Received  ·  2 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Context Awareness (Room Awareness) for Any Device placed into a Group with Echo Device

    There are multiple Asks from other Users over a number years, yet Amazon isn’t acting or reacting.

    Alexa Context Awareness (Room Awareness) for any device placed in a group + Echo device, to control using natural utterance as long as it is in a group using the object name. (same as lights/switches).

    Alexa supports Lights, Switches, Thermostats - today. However myself and many others would like to Control the devices we choose to insert into a group with natural utterances, regardless if they are a Blind/Shade, Awning, Fan, drape etc but use the objects name vs having to utter Alexa…

    5 votes
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  13. Provide barge-in flag on request

    As a developer, I would like a field on an incoming intent request payload that tells me whether that request was the result of a barge-in or not.

    Rationale:
    Today, there is no way to know whether an incoming intent in a live session was the result of the user completely listening to the previous response, or the result of the user doing a barge-in by invoking their wake word. There are several use cases where this information would be useful, but the two most important are:


    1. If you were giving instructions to your user at the end of your…
    12 votes
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  14. Pass PIN to backend LockController interface

    I have somo lock systems that need to pass a PIN to backend, can this feature be added to LockController interface?

    2 votes
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  15. 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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  16. have AMAZON.Number accept decimal points

    Have AMAZON.Number accept decimal points in user verbal input. Right now, it handles 'minus' or negative numbers, but not when there is a decimal point.

    2 votes
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  17. APL video "loading" and/or "loaded" event(s)

    APL video "loaded" event to enable showing a screen before a video has fully loaded so that the user is aware that the media is still loading. e.g., "Loading..." Right now, APL only has events for after the video has started playing. This is too late to elegantly switch from a "loading" screen to the video.

    2 votes
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  18. Code error check before deploy

    It would greatly help if the Deploy button, under the Code tab, could check and warn if there were any code errors before deploying the lambda code. Right now I can deploy code with error or even an empty js file. Ideally, the Deploy operation should fail or stop with a good message.

    2 votes
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  19. Allow for much longer audio responses in APL for Audio

    The current limit is 4 minutes. Our app plays backing tracks for guitarists and this is way too short. Please increase to at least 20 mins.

    2 votes
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  20. Support garage door opener in German

    Alexa lacks support for garage door openers in German. We have customers requesting this feature. Our skills supports it, but German users cannot use it because Alexa support is absent.

    Response from certification team:
    One of the language variants of your Smart Home skill includes functionality that is not yet available for Alexa in that language. Please remove any unsupported functionality from the skill before resubmitting.

    Unsupported Functionality: security garage door
    Language(s) Impacted: DE

    5 votes
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Skill Certification  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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