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. On the Echo Show audio files just show "Now playing" with a generic audio image. Should be able to customize the track name and album artwork that is displayed while the audio is being played when triggered by a custom skill.

    Perhaps this could work as additional parameters with the AudioPlayer directive or embedded in the mp3 files themselves.

    30 votes

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    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has launched! Please refer to the following pages for more information:

    Blog: https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/ccb2d51c-3eb8-4fa4-8c04-709e4294b929/enhance-your-audio-skill-visuals-for-echo-show-and-echo-spot

    AudioPlayer on Echo Show and Echo Spot: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/audioplayer-interface-reference.html#audioplayer-display-device

    Guidelines for Images for Echo Show and Echo Spot: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/audioplayer-interface-reference.html#images

  2. Fire TV devices offer a very economical and accessible way for blind people to interact with Alexa. However, at the moment:

    "Note: Fire TV devices do not currently support the AudioPlayer "interface".

    It would open up a huge potential user base to get this interface enabled as soon as possible. Thank you.

    25 votes

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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has launched!

  3. Add Spanish as a supported language so users can talk to Alexa in Spanish

    21 votes

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  4. It's pretty critical to be able to upload a file to generate a custom slot. We have a couple slots with many hundreds of values and hand building a new slot would be a huge undertaking across all the language types. This flat out won't work for us.

    21 votes

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  5. Where to check the Alexa Skill ID, on this new console..

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  6. I would like to send a custom notification to users: For example: "I just wanted to remind you: <customMesage>.

    A concrete scenario could be:
    " I just wanted to remind you: Tommorrow is Jason's birthday"

    Or

    "I just wanted to remind you: Coding interview with Jason Matt tomorrow.

    Currently there are no suitable event schema available for the mentioned scenarios.

    Regards
    Oredein

    18 votes

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  7. In the notification "Beta test for Alexa skill is complete" please include the respective skill name. We have many skills in development at at any given time and it's really annoying to look through all of them and check which one expired.

    15 votes

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  8. Right now the process of adding a new language to an existing skill in the developer console is tedious, especially when the data for those languages is exactly identical.

    For example, right now, the process for manually copying things on the Publishing Information tab (Launch tab on the new console) alone involves tabbing back and forth 12 different times between the two languages to copy the text from the six different fields. For an English language skill being released worldwide, that process has to be done 4 times (and that's only going to grow).

    Making things worse, in the new…

    15 votes

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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request.
    To expand the distribution of your skill to more locales, you can opt in to automated locale distribution. If you opt in, when you submit your skill we assess whether your skill is eligible for distribution to all locales of a given language. For example, if you support English (US), automated locale distribution can enable your skill to support additional locales like English (UK) and English (India). Please refer to the following page for more information:
    https://developer.amazon.com/en-US/docs/alexa/devconsole/launch-your-skill.html#opt-in-to-automated-locale-distribution
  9. It would be nice to be able to set a reminder from my own skill.

    11 votes

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  10. It would be nice if AMAZON.NUMBER handled ordinals... I give the user a list and ask which he wants more information on. The user says "the first" and it should resolve to 1.

    11 votes

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  11. Alexa, set alarm for 7:00 am tomorrow.
    - Ok, which method would you like me to wake you with?
    (user chooses alarm, radio, light, or other method) ie light
    - Ok, I will wake you at 7:00 am tomorrow by turning on the light.

    9 votes

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  12. At the moment initialising and ask-cli requires a few manual steps to set-up authentication and the connection to AWS.

    This basically renders the ask-cli useless for continuous integration and deployment processes.

    I suggest adding support for the ask-cli to be run with cmd flags and/or environmental variables only. In particular this requires accessing ASK with long lived tokens rather than the current (browser-based) OAuth flow.

    9 votes

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  13. Is there anyway , we can track the progress on the review process of my skill submission ? Currently , I dont have any other way other than just waiting on amazon to turn around and review my submission.

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  14. I would like to be able to trigger a routine by actions like "leaving home" and "arriving home" which would be triggered by the Alexa mobile app based on my location.

    8 votes

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  15. With the easy integration of Amazon, allowing skills to add items to shopping cart would be a great way for skills to improve monetization experience. Voice advertisement experience is bad, skills would recommended products at the right time and it's a win for user, developer and amazon.

    It could be a similar experience like the in app purchase.

    8 votes

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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has launched! Please refer to the following page for more information:


    https://developer.amazon.com/en-US/docs/alexa/alexa-shopping/steps-to-create-a-skill-that-uses-alexa-shopping-actions.html


  16. Just as it is important to be able to launch a skill from a routine (this is priority #1), it is also important to be able to make an API call to get a list of routines available under a given account, and then launch one of them from within a skill. One particular use case here relates to the issue of being in-skill for an extended interaction, and the ability to control smart home devices. If routines are available within a skill, it would be an amazing shortcut - wouldn't have to use the smart home API to develop…

    6 votes

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  17. Error messages at the moment are not verbose enough. Recently I started getting error: "Error occured: INVALID_RESPONSE, An exception occurred while dispatching the request to the skill.". I had to debug it for ages to figure out that the problem was that my response was too big. Couldn't the error tell it? It says when SSML is wrong, but not stuff like this?

    As I said, my idea would be to add more verbose error messages to tell more info what is wrong with the response.

    6 votes

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  18. ask-cli is heavily geared towards Node.JS and it isn't straightforward to deploy Lambdas written in Python (or other supported Lambda languages).

    There seems to be some support for metaData.runTime other than nodejs8.10 in one of the ask-cli source files but I haven't found a way to use it.

    Ideally ask-cli should accept --runtime parameter when creating a new skill:

    ask new --name whatever --runtime python3.6

    And 'ask deploy' would then create the function with the correct runtime settings. It shouldn't be difficult to add.

    6 votes

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  19. Add ability to invoke skills from within Routines. Badly needed to correct this deficiency.

    Love my Dots. Will love them more when you fix this! 😄

    5 votes

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  20. Port the existing skill-sample-nodejs-buttons-trivia repo to Python

    5 votes

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