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. Allow skill to anticipate/disallow specific intents during conversation

    I would like my skill to be able to listen for specific responses, i.e. make Alexa bias towards utterances of one or multiple intents that I specify in the skill's response, for the next user input.

    For example, let's say my skill has a CityIntent which has utterances:


    • I live in {city}

    • It is {city}

    • {city}

    And my skill has another MovieIntent which has utterances:


    • I like {movieType}

    • I prefer {movieType}

    • {movieType}

    And at certain times my skill may also expect {yes/no} answer from user.

    Since {city} and {movieType} have different value, Alexa usually does a good job of figuring…

    78 votes
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    Received  ·  7 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. We need more proactive notification event scheme types.

    We need more proactive notification event scheme types. The current set is very limited. We want to inform a user of utility company disruption (eg a gas leak or water leak) in their postcode area.

    Why not have a generic event that just takes a message string??

    66 votes
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    Received  ·  9 comments  ·  Skill Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. add a phone call feature in customized skill

    customized skills for business can allow customers to directly contact phone numbers within the skill.

    65 votes
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    Received  ·  11 comments  ·  Alexa Calling and Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. money type

    we need a type for money. so if i say, "i want to pay 4 dollars and 12 cents" the slot returns 4.12. currently i'm using two slots and a lot of utterances which is painful.

    65 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Built-in Intent / Slots  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

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

  5. Customize wake word

    Allow user to customize wake word of their own choosing or at least expand choices greatly.

    63 votes
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    Received  ·  10 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Remove the requirement for a leading phrase with AMAZON.SearchQuery

    We would like to use this, but can't because the rules are too restrictive.If a user is asked about what they want info about, they should not be forced to say "tell me about Point Defiance Zoo". They should be able to say "Point Defiance Zoo" with no leading phrase. Instead of forcing us to use a leading or trailing phrase, please allow the use of just {query} (without 'search for...' or other text around it as in the example below:

      {
    
    

    "name": "SearchIntent",

    "samples": [

    "search for {Query}",

    "find out {Query}",

    "search for {Query} near me"

    ],

    "slots": [

    58 votes
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    Received  ·  9 comments  ·  Built-in Intent / Slots  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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 →
  8. Room awareness enhancement: add popular device types such as Fan, Air Conditioner, Set-top-box and let users change device type

    Room awareness enhancement: add popular device types such as Fan, Air Conditioner, Set-top-box and let users change device type to their favorite. Now Alexa app allows changing device type between Light and Switch for some smart plug devices. But it would be great if for any device, users can define it as light, fan, air conditioner or set-top-box... and the room awareness feature will help simplify voice command. Users just can say: turn on the air conditioner, turn on the fan...
    This device-type-changing feature will be very powerful when an infrared/RF universal remote control like Broadlink is connected to alexa.…

    53 votes
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    Received  ·  14 comments  ·  Alexa App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. have independent volume settings for timers and alarms

    Reminders, timers and alarms should allow for individual melodies and volume levels.
    A timer should be louder to be heard in noisy environments. A wake up alarm should be set much lower as sleep environments are quiet.
    This especially applies to wake up alarms coupled with radio stations or other music.

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

    Thanks for the suggestion, Peter! We’ll get this routed over to the appropriate internal team for review.

  10. Add 1 - 59 Second delay timer in routines

    At the moment the minimum delay timer is 1 minute it would be really helpful to have 1 - 59 Second delay timer in routines too

    50 votes
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  11. Trigger other routines in a routine

    I would like to be able to chain routines. One beneficial use of this is to create a "base" routine which performs some actions, and which would be the first step in other routines.

    50 votes
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  12. 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?

    50 votes
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  13. Ability to copy a routine

    I have some routines which I would like to use again, but with small changes. So, I should be able to copy/clone an existing routine, to make the process easier.

    46 votes
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  14. Reminders/Timers/Alarms EVERYWHERE

    Due to having multiple Dots/Spots...I would like to have the choice to set my Reminders, Timers, and Alarms "EVERYWHERE" like we can do with music. For example, if I have a timer set with the Kitchen dot and I am in another part of the house, I would hear the timer go off on all other dots. That way I never miss an alarm, reminder or timer. I love my Alexa products. Thank you for all of the skills you provide.

    45 votes
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    Received  ·  3 comments  ·  Reminders / Timers / Alarms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Allow song metadata to be dynamically updated when playing continuous stream

    The audio player interface allows playing from a streaming service - e.g. a radio station
    This is a continuous stream that could run for many hours - but the skill is only given the opportunity to provide song information at the start.
    It could respond to user requests - such as "What song is this?" (which is OK) but, primarily for devices with screens, it would be useful for the skill to be able to provide title/subtitle/graphics as the songs change within the continuous stream.

    This could be done by having the Skill start the audio stream with a duration…

    45 votes
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    Received  ·  7 comments  ·  Alexa Audio / Video Player  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Provide an endpoint to test the voice model

    Currently, there is no way to accurately do automated testing of how user audio resolves (in terms of intents and slots) for a given skill.

    At present, this testing is more-or-less done manually. There are several use cases where automation would be vitally important. Given:

    -When testing a large skill, it is extremely cumbersome to manually test a wide array of sample utterances for every change we make to the voice model. This discourages iterative design.
    -The overall Alexa voice model is constantly shifting. This is a good thing, but often this results in changes to how our skills launch…

    43 votes
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  17. Event, Location, Time based skills that can be triggered autonomously

    e.g. I like to hear from alexa if there is a extreme weather warning in the area. This could happen if my API constantly calling a weather api of my area and if any extreme weather is forecasted, the message is broadcasted automatically.

    There could be number of different examples and I believe user can get benefit to be proactive in such cases. For that reason, I was hoping to have a time, location, event based skills that can be triggered autonomously by Lambda or some other scheduling service.

    39 votes
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Skill Management API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Add Flag to PlayVideo() that tells the Video Player to Return to the Skill when Video Ends

    Currently when a video play is initiated by a Video Skill, the video play takes full control of the session and the user has to manually initiate a return to the Skill. PlayVideo() should have a flag that tells the Alexa video player to return immediately to the Skill when video playback ends or is stopped by the user.

    38 votes
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  19. Send raw query with request

    Currently all skills must run through Amazon’s Natural Language Understanding and provide a language model to Alexa. While this is helpful for getting started, many more advanced features for Language Processing and response building benefit heavily from having the user’s speech accessible to perform more complex operations like sentiment analysis, conversation reconstruction or custom natural language processing through models on other services. This allows developers to deliver a richer experience to users through the additional processing it makes possible.
    For my use case in specifically it would be acceptable to have an option in the console to disable the language…

    37 votes
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    2 comments  ·  ASK SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks for the clarification and suggestion! We’ll route this to the appropriate internal team for review.

  20. Volume leveling

    Users frequently need to increase or decrease volume across the different news sources in a Flash News briefing. It would be wonderful if Echo had a volume leveling similar to some TVs that can level the volume between commmercials and regular programming.

    36 votes
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    Received  ·  5 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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