Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Let Video Player support WebRTC

    Currently, WebRTC is only available for smart home skills. A custom skill could only use Video Player to play videos using protocols like HLS.
    It would be nice for Video Player to support WebRTC, which could greatly decrease the latency caused by HLS.

    3 votes
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  2. Ability to create and change sound profile

    Ability to create and change sound profiles. So, the ability to save Bass-Midrange-Treble audio setting to a specific profile (ex. Podcast, Rock). And later, have the ability to change via voice (Alexa, set audio profile to Rock), Or (Alexa, change audio profile on Bedroom Echo to Podcast)

    1 vote
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  3. Audio Player analytics

    When using the audio player, there's a few things missing that would be useful to know. For example, did the audio playback fail or was it successful? How long did someone spend listening? Did they listen all the way through or quit at the beginning?

    2 votes
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  4. Sync video between devices

    Video sync with multiple echo show and fire tv. I watch Hulu today show in bathroom getting ready, then go to kitchen would like same video on fire tv in kitchen, set up video groups like music groups

    1 vote
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  5. Earcon Tag

    Create an earcon tag for high-quality short-form assets (earcons) such as sonic logos, UX/UI sounds, mnemonics, and jingles. This <earcon> tag should differ from others in that it should support a higher sample rate/bit rate with a restricted length.

    The <audio> tag can support up to 240 seconds, whereas the average <earcon> is only 1-5 seconds long. With a sample rate of 24 kHz and a bit rate of 48 kbps for a full 240 seconds, the size of the compressed audio file would be 1.44 MB. Conversely, with a 5 second <earcon> tag, 1.44 MB could theoretically allow for…

    6 votes
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  6. Add more functionalities like next and previous to VideoApp directive.

    I have tried working with the VideoApp directive. There are many limitations to it.

    1) You cant move previous or next in it. Thus you can play only one video at once which is not feasible.

    2) After the video gets finished, the session times out at different intervals every time.
    Eg. When video played the first time, the session remains active for a longer interval of time, when the video is played second time in the same session, the session remains active for a very short span of time. This is an unexpected behaviour.

    I would request to add…

    1 vote
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  7. Session should remain active while audio player is running.

    While audio player is running, user can only move next or previous in the audio player. The session closes so any other command for skill has to be made after again reopening the session by saying invocation name which creates such an awkward user experience.

    There are below use cases in the skill that i want to develop.
    1) Let user purchase product in between on going songs
    2) Let user navigate to main menu while audio player is playing.
    3) Let user choose from playlist while audio is playing in audio player

    All the above three are restricted as…

    2 votes
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  8. Refactor VideoApp Interface Design to be embeddable

    I want to design skills that play videos as a "natural" part of the skill.

    My example scenario:
    I'm building a custom company wiki with Alexa, that can be used to get some information about our company. They can use standard web-page-like intents, e.g. "How many employees has the company?", or ListTemplate based choices, e.g. "Buildings of the company in city x".
    I also want to show videos about our products or an image video embedded as "natural part" of the skill.

    For example:
    - use of custom skill intents during video playtime
    - display custom hints, or disable the…

    2 votes
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  9. Create a video diary skill.

    Be able to record video and have this video stored in a diary format. Also to be able to send/share this video. Could also use TTS for notation of content.

    1 vote
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  10. Alexa sound reduction when activated to only the one device

    So currently when I say ‘Alexa’, every single Alexa device pings and reduces volume, the one closest to me is still the one that is verbally responding but all devices are activated when the wake word is used.

    1 vote
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  11. Simultaneous sounds

    Allow for multiple sounds described using SSML to be played simultaneously. This will eliminate the need to wait for a sound to be finished playing before starting a new one or to be able to create more complex sound streams.

    3 votes
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  12. Support authorization when getting audio files to be played using the AudioPlayer

    Currently audio files must be hosted on an Internet-accessible HTTPS endpoint on port 443 and authorization isn't supported, so a developer can't use an endpoint that requires authorization.
    This limits the choices of media and forces customers to make audio files publicly accessible, while a customer should have the option to make his audio files available only through the Alexa skill/Mobile app he owns.

    9 votes
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  13. Option to normalize audio output

    Currently there is no option to normalize the audio output from Alexa - e.g. the radio is playing and if you ask Alexa to do or answer something, you can hardly understand her.

    When you therefore raise the volume, the radio volume is afterwards way to high, so you have to lower the volume and won't understand Alex after that.

    4 votes
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  14. Support percentage for volume

    Currently, I can't say "Alexa, set volume to 50%". I get the response "Sorry, you can only set the volume between 1 & 10". This is small change, but I think much more intuitive for users.

    11 votes
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  15. Add SeekController to the Smart Home API (in addition to Video)

    The SeekController interface is currently only available for Video skills, whereas e.g. the PlaybackController interface is available for both Video and Smart Home skills. Saying 'go back 20 seconds' for a movie scene is a clear use of the interface, but this applies just as well to music (e.g. to repeat a guitar riff in a song). It may not be possible with streaming music but it can be done when controlling a media player playing local MP3 files so it would be a useful feature.

    2 votes
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  16. alexa.amazon.com media controls for Amazon device

    When using Alexa device to play, for example Spotify, the media controls (pause/play/next/volume) appear on the alexa.amazon.com web site. This happens with a small number of Skills (e.g. Spotify, Amazon Music and TuneIn).
    How about opening this up to all media-playing skills?

    27 votes
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  17. Help users avoid incorrect keywords

    Example: I want to listen to the Troll soundtrack. 'Trolls' does not interest me. In 4 of 4 attempts, Troll was successfully heard, and Trolls started.

    Usage:"Alexa, play Troll soundtrack, not Trolls" or "Alexa, play Troll soundtrack, ignore Trolls".

    Alternatively, it could ask "Did you mean Trolls (Original Soundtrack) by varied artists or did you mean Troll?"

    1 vote
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  18. When are we having Spanish (US) Voice Language

    Hi
    We need the Voice Language Spanish in the USA

    Something like "Spanish (US)".

    I have in mind this great skill for the Spanish speaking language in the USA.

    Best
    Diego

    1 vote
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  19. Add H.265/HEVC support

    H.265 is a fairly common newer video standard

    7 votes
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  20. Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices other than the Cube

    Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices

    Currently: Fire TV Cube supports the Display interface. Other Fire TV devices do not currently support the Display interface. It would be nice if they did since it would be a larger market.

    2 votes
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