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. BUG: Echo Spot preview Background image squished instead of cut like on the actual Device

    Echo Spot preview Background image is getting squished instead of cut. I did this https://i.imgur.com/FMt1tUl.png template. It matches both devices very closely, but in the simulator preview the whole image is displayed in a squished state to match the circular shape of the spot.

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  2. ListTemplate2

    Our skill uses ListTemplate2 to display lists of customer-created images, with list sizes ranging from 3 to more than 20 in some cases. Each list item comes with descriptions that we send to speechOutput.
    As the skill speaks the description (TextContent/PrimaryText), the outputSpeech soon begins describing slides that are no longer on screen. Our users have reported that this is confusing.
    We tested a "paging" solution, where the skill would only show three images at a time (using next/previous intents), but also received negative feedback (generally, too confusing to keep track of what they've seen, where they are in the…

    4 votes

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  3. "Stop" when "Follow up" mode is on....

    While I'm a fan of the newly launched "Follow up" mode, how it handles stop in the context of a Third Party skill creates some non-trivial user experience problems, where the skill continues to listen after the user has said "stop". For users, "Stop" has a clear meaning. Stop the interaction with Alexa. It doesn't mean, stop talking to the skill and lets go back to "Alexa proper". That's not the user's mental model.

    2 votes

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  4. Unlink Endpoint

    Please provide an endpoint for when a user disables (unlinks) a linked skill.
    This will allow us to know its time to delete any data we have for the user, and therefore be good to users with the use of their data.

    2 votes

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  5. Missing scrollbar in Simulator

    Please bring the scrollbar back to the alexa simulator. It dissapered today.

    1 vote

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  6. Make slot name/type unique per intent

    Currently slot name/type combination has to be unique per skill. Please make it unique per intent.

    1 vote

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  7. Feature request for support of Videos in Skill descriptions

    Can I request a new feature where a video can be posted in the skill description so can show off the features of the skill

    3 votes

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  8. send responses to alexa without intent while session is still open

    I am creating games for alexa. During the game I keep the session open until the game is over. But it is almost impossible to create multisuer skills. Interaction between players is impossible. Imagine You want two players to fight each other:
    First player hits the second one, but the second player wont notice until he starts a new intent.

    It should be possible to send messages to the echo while the session is up. Then I could inform player 2 that he has been hit and he can react.
    To improve this it should be possible to increase the…

    1 vote

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  9. identify what was the invocation used by the user to begin the interaction with Alexa

    Hello! I am sure, my feature request would help many developers.

    I am creating a learning skill which is giving learned information to the user.

    For the skill to know if it either should learn or give information, it would be important to know if the user has invoked the skill by saying tell or ask.

    Example: tell skill where America is - ask skill where america is

    So please: Alexa should send the invoking keyword to the skill!

    Thank You for Your attention.

    1 vote

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  10. Link account for testing

    I want to test my skill as a logged in user. My skill provides differnt results depending on the current user. The test simulator does not support at all to define an user or at least an token to identify a user.

    The reason I want that is byside that I can test as a signed in user, that I can inspect the resulting response JSON, without creating the request JSON by hand.

    1 vote

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  11. Add timeOutSeconds to VideoApp API

    When I use a VideoApp.Launch directive for streaming video, our application only starts streaming for about a minute before timing out, unless we "refresh" the stream. Once the stream stops, the echo says "Sorry, something went wrong". I would like to be able to end or refresh the stream before this happens so that this error condition does not occur.

    I understand that there is a smart home interface that allows for live streams, but our skill needs to use certain other features that are not available in the smart home skill API, so this is not an option.

    1 vote

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  12. Share Skill in Australia

    Sharing skills in Australia?

    How come we can't share a skill in Australia?!?!?!

    1 vote

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  13. Channel property should include "item" attribute so device can respond back with title of item playing

    Possible to add "item" to the "response" for the Alexa.ChannelController
    https://developer.amazon.com/docs/device-apis/alexa-channelcontroller.html

    Current "channel" includes number, callSign, affliateCallSign as part of channel object.
    If you include something for the media, or item being played such as "item":{"title":"America's Got Talent"}
    then Alexa can use that to tell user what item is currently playing after the successful channel-change request.

    It removes the need to include the MSO ID (GraceNote info) that Alexa speaks back to the user. (I.E. "Tuning to NBC, now airing America's Got Talent")

    https://developer.amazon.com/docs/device-apis/alexa-property-schemas.html#channel

    Thanks,
    -Justin

    1 vote

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  14. Ability to send back a variable, in the SSML response, which will convert t the user's first name.

    Ability to send back a variable, in the SSML response, which will convert to the user's first name. This allows for the identity to remain hidden to the skill's developer, however, enables the developer to personalize the skill. This can be done for a specific voice profile. If the first name is not available, then it is gracefully ignored. For example:

    <speak>@fname, here is your quote of the day.</speak>
    would either convert to
    "Sebastien, here is your quote of the day"
    Or
    "here is your quote of the day"

    3 votes

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  15. Access the built-in skill of playing music in my skill.

    I’d like to access the built-in skill of playing music in my skill.

    Currently, it can only suggest a song title and album name, but customers can’t listen to the music while still my skill and must exit to access built-in skills for listening to it.

    1 vote

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  16. Accessing alexa contacts from the skill programming

    Allow access to Alexa contacts from the skill development environment. so that one can develope a skill around contact search

    1 vote

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  18. Bring back test button and for the command not to disappear when you hit enter

    Here's the problem I have with the new Alexa Simulator: I have had ALS for 11+ years. When sitting at my computer desk, I'm only able to control the mouse with my hand and nothing else. I run a duel monitor set up and usually have the left monitor on PC and the right monitor on Direct TV.

    When home alone, I’m unable to use the remote which is really annoying. So I found a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUdS6siT0zY) it’s an echo skill for Direct TV. Now, I’m finally able to control the TV either through the simulator or…

    2 votes

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  19. Update lambda blueprints to use ask-sdk

    Currently, when selecting a blueprint, the default code includes alexa-sdk instead of the new ask-sdk.

    The blueprints are useful when showing someone how to get started for the first time.

    5 votes

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  20. Dialog Builder Tool

    I think it is very hard to design a complete and complex Dialog. Happy Paths are easy and I already used the tool Storywriter but it's not a clear way. You always forget an error Path and you never know what crazy stuff a user might say at a point. You are developing and recognize: Oh man, I need to talk to the product owner again, what to do in this special case.
    It's very hard to work when developers and product owner are working together on that dialog. It's such a time waist.
    I would love to use a…

    1 vote

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