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. Make Alexa.ContactSensor and Alexa.MotionSensor available for en-gb users

    The ContactSensor and MotionSensor types are available in many regions but not the en-gb locale. Given that the security panel controller is available in en-gb it would bring a large benefit to users to be able to utilise the contact & motion sensor functionality.

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  2. Activity Log on developer console.

    Presently Alexa developer console does not support federated login. We have team of developers who works on the same skill. It is better to have an activity log which keeps track of what changes are done to the skill by which user. This gives us a way to track the changes made by various users.

    1 vote

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  3. Calendar Notifications - Support multiple echo devices

    Right now, calendar notifications can only be sent to one echo device, but I want to send the notifications to several echo devices. Please implement a list of echo devices with a toggle per device to enable or disable Calendar notifications.

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  4. Spelling Answers to Learning

    Every time you ask Alexa to spell something, she answers and adds it to a list. This list can be accesed on screened devices as set of flash cards. On devices with or without a display, you can ask "Alexa, quiz my spelling" and she can read out the words and ask you to spell them. This has loads of educational potential for kids and adults with learning disabilites.

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  5. Amazon Shopping Notifications Only to Specific Devices

    There are certain echo devices that I don't want Amazon Shopping Notifications sent to, but it seems to be all devices in the amazon household or nothing. For feature reference, Alexa calendar notifications currently supports enabling notifications per echo device in my account. As a stretch goal, I would like every notification type to be configurable per device (Shopping, Announcements, News, Reminders, etc)

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  6. Skills shouldn't return intents with empty slot / dynamic values

    Sometimes the Alexa service will say that a user's utterance matched and intent but then provide an empty slot value and no dynamic entities.

    If an intent has been matched then the Alexa service should return its best guess at what the user has said so the the developer can do processing on it with the additional context they hold.

    If the utterance is determined to be too far away from the training data to be sent to the developer for privacy reasons then the intent shouldn't be matched.

    Adjusting the fallback sensitivity is not a satisfactory solution to this…

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  7. Remove skill connections permission message

    When a skill wants to hand a user to another skill they are currently confronted with a pretty technical sounding piece of copy: "Skill A would like to use skill B to do that. May I send the request to skill B?"

    This is clearly well intentioned - trying to make sure the user understands what is going on but has some issue nonetheless:

    1) it provides a lot of additional friction
    2) it prevents developers building seamless experiences closer to a natural conversation
    3) it introduces Alexa as the "I" at a point that may not be appropriate in…

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  8. 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"

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  9. Bring back the ability to send SMS messages from Echo Frames

    For two years I have been able to send SMS messages from my echo frames by saying "Alexa text 'contact Name'", the system would verify the contact and allow me to dictate the message which was sent as an SMS text. This no longer works. Now when I try I get the singularly unhelpfull offer to send a voice message that no one ever gets.

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  10. 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.

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  11. More notification schemas and SSML in notifications

    If we could introduce more notification schemas to cater to the different kinds of notification messages each industry will require would be advantageous. Currently, we need to choose from the available schemas which suits best and it's not always possible to frame notification messages around the fixed schemas. Also introducing SSML in notifications would be truly beneficial.

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  12. default settings for smart devices within a group

    When turning on a group the lights and other devices within the group are the same when switched off. Would be useful to have a "defaults" area where we can set the defaults. At the moment I have a routine called "office chill" which makes the light blue (among other things), then I say "turn the office off", but then when I say turn office on its still blue. Would want it to be white. I have a bunch of custom routines like "office on" but would be nice to have default option, ideally for all device options.

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  13. Allow NLU evaluations to be case insensitive

    Because it is case sensitive, the automated NLU tester almost always fails when testing values which may be contained in an Alexa built-in slot.

    It also appears random as to whether the values in the slot are uppercase, lowercase, or even mixed between two words.

    Example: For the slot AMAZON.GB_CITY, it matches the slot values, but shows a fail because sometimes they are lowercase.

    Of course, if I submit all lowercase, then it fails on the ones which are uppercase.

    It would be very easy to make the nlu tester ignore case sensitivity, which would make it more useful.

    E:…

    1 vote

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  14. 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).

    117 votes

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  15. APL/APLA should give a clue why a request was "invalid"

    In developing APL/APLA skills one often gets "Invalid Response" with zero indication of what was invalid. Either give a better error message or expose the internal logging of the document parser.

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  16. Multiple Zone support for thermostats

    Have the ability to name each section of the house and set each zone to a separate temperature setpoint.

    For example if I wanted to keep my bedroom cooler than the rest of the house I could create a zone and set a different temperature for it.

    During device discovery the thermostat could say it has X number of zones available

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  17. Personalized songs/story with name

    Love to hear few songs in personalized name, for example a very common use case is birthday songs where Alexa can personalize with name of person whose birthday.
    Can be simply implemented with name place holder for few songs where personalization is possible.
    Same concept can be applied for few story books where character name can be personalized to kids name.

    1 vote

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  18. webAPI start skill connections by tapping

    I have a skill that uses skill connections to transfer users to other skills.

    This skill uses webAPI for its visuals and I'd like the user to be able to commence the skill connection via touch.

    This is possible via APL but not currently via webAPI. It would be good if this was supported for webAPI skills too as APL doesn't support the level of animation or continuous background music provided in our webapp.

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  19. WebAPI audio volume should match native Alexa voice #hygienefix

    Currently the volume of Alexa's voice when provided through webAPI transformers is quieter than the native Alexa voice which skills that use webAPI harder for customers to understand.

    You can partially solve this by increasing the gain of the TTS file you receive but it clips and sounds low quality compared to Alexa's native voice.

    Fixing this would improve the usability and quality of webAPI skills (as users will be able to hear them better and the audio will sound better) and will prevent the user needing to stop the skill in order to change the volume.

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  20. Add Vietnamese language

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

    164 votes

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