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. Share Skill in Australia

    Sharing skills in Australia?

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

    1 vote

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  2. 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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  3. Allow hiding sensitive information in Alexa App History

    Allow hiding sensitive information such as PIN codes in the Alexa App history. Capital One is doing this in their skill. Please enable other developers to do this.

    23 votes

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  4. ask-cli exclude files during deploy to lambda

    Add the ability to exclude files during lambda deploy.

    $ deploy --target lambda --exclude */.test.js

    7 votes

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  5. 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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  6. Support display directives in progressive responses

    Currently, progressive responses only support voice/audio directives. Our skill can often take 5 - 8 seconds to complete its API calls to load up data required by a user's particular request. We would like to send down a display directive in a progressive response, allowing us to show a "splash screen" on Echo Show/Spot/Fire Cube (?) while the user waits for her request to be fulfilled.

    11 votes

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  7. 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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  9. 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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  10. Allow testing audios

    Currently the test simulator doesn't play the audios that come back from the skill so we can't confirm they're working OK. Please include this feature and make the sounds included in the responses to be played in the simulator.

    6 votes

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  11. 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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  12. Allow phonetic markup in invocation names

    When you want to use your employer's brand name as your invocation name, that name is often not a normal English word. This means that the Alexa voice service often can't understand it and the skill can't be triggered.

    A workaround is to write a nonsense word that the Alexa voice service can parse as something that sounds like the brand name, but this is not guaranteed to work.

    It would be incredibly useful if the invocation name could contain phonetic markup like responses can.

    18 votes

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  13. lambda trigger in sydney region

    We are building a skill which is dependent on the API that can be accessed only from Australia. Currently if we deploy the trigger lambda in Tokyo(nearest to sydney), the API restricts the access as the request is made from Tokyo region.
    Can we expect the trigger to be present in Sydney region?

    4 votes

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  14. Add Command history to text input

    Create a command history. It would be nice that when you hover into the input for typing messages to alexa if you hit the up arrow it will bring you your latest command, a similar feature that you can find in the mac terminal

    17 votes

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  15. Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    3 votes

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  16. Intent switching during LaunchRequest

    Currently, if a user launches a skill without an intent, they can only then say something similar to a sample utterance to trigger an intentRequest. If, sent from backend code, there could be a transition from a launchRequest to an intentRequest, specifiying the intent name to switch to, the dialog directive could also be used straight after launching the skill without the unnatural need to say the command to trigger the intent.

    5 votes

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  17. 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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  18. Support for Font Color in places where Font Size is Supported

    Adding the ability to specify a font color in addition to the existing font size would be very helpful. I was developing a test skill for my company an on the prompt I used the company logo as a background image. Unfortunately the logo is on a field of white and the text was invisible since the display font is white with no option to change it. I naively assumed I could put a rich text option <font color="black"> into the text but discovered there is no such option. Just the size. Color setting would be very useful for Cards,…

    16 votes

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  19. Allow Publishing Skills to a Limited Group of Users

    I have a skill that I recently developed for my niece's 12th birthday. I wrote it as a joke as it displays her picture, tells some trivial facts about her like taking hours to do her homework and ultimately wishes her "Happy Birthday". It is definitely not a skill I would publish to the general public. However, I would like to make it available to my sister's family and a few cousins. Other than the "Beta" feature, there is no way to publish a skill that can be made available to a limited/restricted audience. I have seen quite a few…

    5 votes

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  20. Add option to display hint with Audio Player Metadata

    I have been using the new metadata field with the Audio Player in order to show title's and an image. However, there is no way to put my own hint on the screen. The Echo Show shows hints but they are hints not related to my skill. It would be nice to override that and display my own hints.

    4 votes

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