Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. 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.

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  2. I am creating a skill that needs to work in a mix mode environment: One that takes advantage of Alexa's natural language engine (slots/intents) and one that allows me to handle raw user input as text. Could it be possible to integrate "Amazon Transcribe" with Alexa to achieve this? I have implemented a work around using dynamic entities but the processing time makes the transaction too slow and impractical as an app.

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  3. While viewing your skills metrics/analytics there should be a one click button after viewing the data to schedule that report for daily /weekly stats or summary to auto run. Which would then emAil you the scheduled report each morning to your aws associated email.

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  4. Currently, users can leave reviews for a skill. Someone, such as the developer, can respond in a comment. But the person who left a review is not notified about the comment. Those who leave reviews should also be alerted when people (such as the creator of the skill) responds to the comment.

    I had all 5-star reviews for my skill, which is a flash briefing. Then there was a feed issue for a few days, and some users left 1-star reviews, citing the feed issue. They said they would return/update when it got fixed.

    I commented to these people in…

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  5. Add queuing feature for music apps.

    say i am playing music on spotify,
    i want to hear another song(s) but want it to resume what it was already playing, after the "song/album/playlist" that was on que has ended.

    for example:
    -shuffling ariana grande on spotify-

    "hey alexa, que "dive" by victoria monet."
    or
    "hey alexa, que "ctrl" album by sza"

    after the song(s) that were on que ended, it would resume shuffling ariana grande.

    i know this feature is on spotify but making it an alexa command would be cool :)

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  6. 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.

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  7. I would like to see more CSS transforms for animation commands such as transform: rotateY() or rotateX on 2D objects.

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  8. 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.

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  9. As everyone knows, it is possible to assign regional endpoints in dev console for skill, but testing them is really time consuming, because routing is very inconsistent. Even if I am from UK sometimes requests go to US.

    Another issue is making sure that all endpoints work. Only way I found to test them consistently is by switching default endpoint, with other regional endpoints to get consistent results, which takes a lot of time.

    My suggestion would be, that at least in the dev console, it would be possible to not only pick locale, when testing the skill, but also…

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  10. 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.

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  11. Everyone likes the padlock in their URL bar. But, most (if not all) security breaches come from database theft, not IP packet sniffing -- especially sniffing of audio streams. Requiring SSL for audio streams/files is an extra complication that brings no benefit to the user, but introduces additional burden to the developer. Eliminate this requirement.

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  12. In the APL Video component the play speed cannot currently be increased or decreased. Adding a speed attribute would be useful for some use cases: e.g. games with higher difficulty could increase the play speed for a video-presented task.

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  13. 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.

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  14. Currently, there's no good built-in AWS solution for load balancing requests for a server-based app. Requests are routed through NLP, and as a result, routing based on user cookies is not supported. The Application Load Balancer provided by amazon uses cookies to identify users by default, and therefore cannot route sticky sessions.

    In order to support load balancing via ALB, requests need to either maintain session cookies, or add another routing rule around parsing request json for the amazon user Id.

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  15. It is currently not possible to schedule alarms that repeat only on specific days (i.e. Monday and Thursday only) without creating separate alarm entries for each day. It would be nice to have the ability to create an alarm, and then choose which days of the week specifically you want the alarm to repeat.

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  16. I need access to the user response audio clip in order to map intonations, pitch, speed, etc. Please prioritize enriching the ASK SDK with a method to retrieve the audio response clip and ability to save the audio clip to a json, mp3, or wav file for processing.

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  17. It would be great to give Alexa the ability to read Kindle books at variable speeds. I usually listen to books and podcasts at 1.25x normal speed. I can't do this with the Alexa app controls.

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  18. "Threshold" notification capability
    Scrape any web source for information (temperature, price of a commodity, etc). Notify when item reaches target value. e.g. Notify me when Silver reaches $40 Cad., when temperature in my area reaches 15 C, etc.

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  19. For large organizations I would like the ability as a developer to create sub- developer accounts within my developer account so that I can give each of my business units/divisions/affiliates a developer account to work in without them having access to ALL dev and production skills in the account. They should only be able to see the skills they are working on, whereas anybody at the top level account can see everything. This is especially important when a developer account receives a particular agreement/protection (in this case our developer account is protected by a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) so…

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  20. Provision to allow a skill to capture the full text of a question asked by a user.

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