Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. It would be helpful to be able to view (if not edit) the skill.json manifest in the developer console.

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  2. There is an extremely low amount of skills that can be used with the Proactive Events API. For Developers that need to send notifications to end users, this is abhorrent. I'm an IOT Developer within local government, looking to send users notifications for garbage and bridge closures, yet none of the schemas are applicable, even the Trash one is limited to a set of options that doesn't accurately convey the required information. This means that developers have to use workarounds, such as the Notify Me skill to be able to send that information to End Users, and also means that…

    4 votes

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  3. It would be nice if we were able to implement fast forward and rewind capability in the Audio Player API. There is no built in intent that would allow us to do this. This would also need to include the current offsetinms (the amount of time that has been played so far) in the request to the code.

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  4. When a skill fails certification it would be great to be able to ask for clarification. Currently if you don't understand or disagree with certification you have two options:

    1- resubmit and hope to get different certification person
    2- create a ContactMe case (which can take a week or more)

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  5. CodeSigning jobs take an S3 Lambda source and copy it to a second, signed, S3 bucket. "ask deploy" goes straight from local hard disk to deployed lambda. It would be great for "ask deploy" to run a CodeSigning job ... currently I don't see a way to do this.

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  6. It would be great if we could add a filter to change the speed of apla components including at a sequencer/parallel level so it applies to all children.

    E.g

    speed:1 would play at 100% speed (or default)

    You could do speed:2 to play at twice the speed or speed:0.5 to slow down the speech.

    This would allow a single asset to play in slow motion or speed up for example

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  7. Both the Alexa dev console and the ASK Lambda console time out unused sessions -- which is good -- but do not provide any visual indication that this has happened. At least one of these consoles (I don't remember which) compounds that problem by then responding to user requests with 401 errors rather than explaining that the user needs to sign in again.

    The better response would be to handle this by popping up a message that the session has timed out and the user needs to log in again.

    The best response would be if that popped-up message included…

    2 votes

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  8. I want to be able to develop a skill that will do the call of a prayer for Muslim users 5 times a day. I get asked by my users all the time about this and I have to explain that Alexa does not allow it.

    The idea is simple,
    1. the skill should be able to set up 5 alarms every day with custom sound. The custom sound will be the call of the prayer.
    2. The skill has to have the ability to autonomously change the time of those 5 alarms every day without the user interaction.

    It…

    1 vote

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  9. Very annoying personalization menu during skill testing.
    Therefore, the skill confirmation screen is as narrow as the pocket-handkerchief garden.
    Remove personalization menu from the test screen.

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  10. In home automation systems it is important to know the location context for a command, and these attributes can be used to identify which Alexa unit received a command so that the skill can respond using the location of the receiving unit.

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  11. Previously, the Timer API didn't ring.
    However, now that the Timer API is ringing, I can't hear the ANNOUNCE operation announcement.

    I want you to improve the behavior of the Timer API.
    No ringing sound is needed.

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  12. Allow Unicast to accept an array of userids for proactive events.
    With Multicast you can send to all users who have notification permissions enabled. With Unicast you send to specific users. There is not a way to send to a specific group of people. This would be very helpful if you want to send notifications to people who want to be notified for a specific thing.

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  13. Would be great if SmartHome's Alexa.TemperatureSensor interface is supported as a routine trigger (not the Echo's one but the generic one)

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  14. It'd be great to have a schema allowing the notification to the user that a command requested via a 3p skill has been executed successfully or not. For example

    U: "Alexa, ask {my skill} to set the temperature of my oven to 220C and tell me when it's ready to bake"
    A: "Ok, I'll send you a notification when the oven is ready"
    ... several minutes later...
    <yellow light>
    U: "Alexa, what's new?"
    A: "You have one new notification from your oven. The {command} has been executed on {target}"

    or

    A: "one new notification from your oven. Something went wrong…

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  15. My skill allows pausing an MP3 (eg for a phone call) and then resuming from the point we left off; I capture the offset and then feed it back in with the play request.

    If the resume occurs before other Alexa operations are used, this works well.

    But if the user has asked Alexa to do other things, those skills may have played their own MP3's. When that happens it can take a painfully long time for Alexa to find its place and resume playing, particularly when the user paused (for example) 45 minutes into an hour-long episode.

    I presume…

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  16. Presently, if you create a routine and select either custom command or skill, then go to add another one or either of these, the selection gets greyed out thereby not allowing for multiple custom commands or skills in a single routine.

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  17. More than 1 million Bulgarian immigrants scattered across the globe are struggling to preserve their cultural identity/heritage and to pass it over to their children. There are Alexa skills (like "Bulgarian library" skill) which could help them teach BG-language to their children however currently Amazon does not allow access to this skill from anywhere except US,UK,CA,AU. Most of the world (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc) has no access to it. So, in this case splitting the globe into regions makes no sense whatsoever.

    Would be greatly appreciated by thousands of people IF Amazon allows access to skills which are outside…

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  18. While the Interaction Path in the dev console is very handy it does not include APL interactions. More than half my users use the Show and I'd like to see what buttons they press.

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  19. My skill is popular around the world. I want to know if it's worth creating region specific lambdas just for latency. Currently I can get timing of the lambda itself but that doesn't include the alexa to/from lambda time.

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  20. I have a sport skill. I want to offer a subscription for the season. 99 cents for a month is too steep and 99 cents for a year is awkward, I'd like to specify n months.

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