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.

To keep this site purpose-driven and actionable, we moderate requests. Here’s some guidance on how to create great feature requests that can be evaluated by our development teams. For conversation, dialogue or help, you should visit our Alexa forums. We appreciate your input.

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  1. Allow Flash Briefings to connect to any port

    There's no reason Flash Briefings should be confined to ports 80 and 443, as webservices can (and do) run on any almost any port. This restriction causes serious limitations for (among others) people trying to run multiple services on the same EC2 node.

    3 votes
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Allow Flash Briefings to use SSML

    Right now Flash Briefings won't parse SSML in their preamble, error message, or text output. This means content written for a custom skill (for example) cannot be used for Flash Briefings, and any output that could be massaged to sound correct will instead come out sounding wrong.

    55 votes
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    Received  ·  8 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. "Unsaved data" flow doesn't work properly

    In the Launch tab of the new skills console, when you are working on language-specific metadata, there is a dialog that pops up if you haven't saved all of the information before navigating away. This flow does two things that it shouldn't do:


    1. The dialog will trigger if all you've done is click into a text box, even if you've made no change to that box.

    2. After resolving the dialog (discard or save), the page redirects you to the "privacy and compliance" sub-page, even if that's not the thing you clicked on to trigger the dialog in the first place.…
    1 vote
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Alexa Developer Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Scrollable Left Navigation and Fixed right portion

    Love it! So clean and consistant. One feedback on the left hand navigation. Make it scrollable so when we have lots of intents open we are able to see the right side of the page. Or better yet keep the right side of the page fixed and we can scroll the left hand navigation freely and open / collapse intents etc. Keep up the good work team! :-)

    1 vote
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Alexa Developer Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Autosave please!

    Please auto save! I've lost many edits on the older-version of this tool due to the lack of autosave. :)

    12 votes
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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa feature request. Your request has been received.

  6. Endpoint link

    New i/f is neat. Thanks.
    It would be good if you could add the link to CREATE a Lambda endpoint again (it was on the old console).

    2 votes
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  7. Ability to fetch analytics data from SMAPI

    Right now if you're building something on top of SMAPI you're not able to understand is your flash briefing popular or not without going to the UI.

    26 votes
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  8. Allow render template directives during dialog directives

    Currently, if a dialog is mid progress, it overrides any displays that we may want to show relating to the dialog. Would greatly enhance user experience on multi-modal skills.

    110 votes
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    Received  ·  15 comments  ·  Visual Cards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Adding a new (custom) Routine should enable to stop radio Spotify Music

    If I create a new Routine in the Amazon Alexa app on IOS Device I can currently only add the following actions:
    Smart Home, Traffic, Wether, News.
    I would like to have a action which stops Alexa from playing any kind of music or other sound.
    Background: You create the Routine "Goodby" which should turn off all HUE lights and it should stop the Radio(tuneIn on Alexa, or Spotify music). The feature of stopping Music is not available in the app. If I say "Alexa, Stop" the music is stopped. Why is that not available in the app?

    49 votes
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    Received  ·  13 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add queue for Echo Show VideoApp

    The VideoApp for the Echo Show only supports to play one video. Once this video is started the current skill looses control. Please add a queue to the VideoApp like the AudioPlayer already supports.

    31 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Alexa Audio / Video Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  11. Shopping list

    Allow users to reorder items within a list ie; move an item up or down and allow sub-categories.
    Also, provide a way to see all items on all lists and move an item to another list

    10 votes
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    Received  ·  3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Open Skills by an Alarm

    This feature would be similar to playing music with an Alarm but it would open a skill.

    156 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Reminders / Timers / Alarms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  13. Re-Use/Cascading a base state for duplicated events

    With many intents that share baseline handling intents (help,cancel,etc.) it would be nice to be able to define all these at a top level, and have specialized states cascade down. e.g. Define NewSession state with all the default handlers. In a new, specialized state, SpecialState, you only define those intents that are specific to that state, and any non defined events cascade down to NewSession state.

    This would allow more simplified code, as well as the ability to better maintain consistency through out experience.

    4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Alexa App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  14. integrate Alexa dev portal into aws console

    While developing alexa skill I have to use 2 different portals (aws console and dev portal). Would be more convenient if I just had one

    16 votes
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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  15. allow Alexa to initiate conversation

    At times, request processing takes more than it is allowed by Alexa timeout. I want to be able to wake Alexa up and give user feedback

    4 votes
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  16. fire tv do not block screen during conversation with Alex

    When Fire TV interacts with Alexa popup is displayed on the TV with dialog conversation blocking TV screen. If my firetv app can respond to alexa command I would like to utilize TV for displaying app related information instead of that dialog

    2 votes
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  17. Bulk upload of training for the new Beta Builder

    The interaction model has two view - the old preview one and the new Beta preview one. They support different features and switching in between, deletes the changes made. The only reason why my team is still using the old preview, is because we can easily upload new and edit the old training. Would be great if this is also possible in the Beta preview, as to use the other new features available, like synonyms, dialogues, etc.

    1 vote
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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  18. Enable and allow true push capabilities

    Expanding the current implementation of Push would unlock a massive developer opportunity. Please allow devs to build and users to select skills that can speak without the user initiating the conversation. If a skill gets annoying they can turn it off.

    278 votes
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    24 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Thanks a lot for submitting this request. Your request has been recorded.

  19. remove the oauth requirement for SMAPI

    You can't use the API outside of a website with the current model. Ex: would like to run Lambda function to update a skill model and then submit for cert. You can't authenticate to use the API in this context.

    17 votes
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    Thanks a lot for submitting this request. Your request has been received.

  20. Alexa basic functions with something like Greengrass

    Alexa has enabled the disabled community, especially those paralyzed or with diseases such as ALS, to enjoy a level of freedom at a relatively low technical entry point. Out of the box, with very little configuration, these people can now reassume a level of control over relatively simple things in their lives which were not possible before. Something as simple as lights, music, television, temperature control or opening and closing doors. It has been an absolute life changer for my family.

    The one drawback here is that if the internet goes down, Alexa is unable to fulfill requests. For something…

    4 votes
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