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. 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.

    41 votes

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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Skill Management API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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.

    40 votes

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    Received  ·  6 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Routines with multiple triggers

    Right now a routine is triggered by a voice command or specific time. However, some routines are to be triggered by voice and time.

    For example:
    Alexa, good night. Will turn of the lights, etc.
    But you want this routine to run at certain time, say 22:00, in case you forgot or because you don’t want to say even the command, etc.
    Currently to achieve this you would have to recreate the entire skill by hand, as were is no copy function either, but this time change the trigger. This is extremely annoying and worsens as the actions in the…

    39 votes

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    Received  ·  2 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Add location awareness setting to Alexa

    Currently for visitors, they have to know specific location names in order to use Alexa functionlaity correctly. e.g. simply saying "turn off lights/music" would be too ambiguous, or would result in all lights/music in the house turning off.

    Add location awareness to Alexa so that, for instance when saying "turn off lights" or "play music on Sonos", Alexa can be configured to only apply the command to devices that are located the room in which that particular Alexa unit is actually located.

    39 votes

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  5. 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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  6. Allow developers to respond to reviews for their Alexa skills

    Reviews are one of the major ways people will decide to use your skills. It is also where developers get a lot of feedback or questions regarding their skills. Whilst you can respond to these reviews on the amazon website, it is not visible within the Alexa App for others to see.

    Please allow developers to be able to respond to reviews within the Alexa app. It will provide an easy way to answer any questions and will allow new potential users to see responses by the developer that might otherwise deter them from trying the skill.

    37 votes

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  7. 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.

  8. Logic in routines

    There should be a way of implementing logic into routines or other voice commands to behave different in certain occasions, by the end-user. Maybe through a simple drag and drop interface, ...
    For example, if I say “Alexa, turn the lights on”, depending on the time of the day the brightness and color(-temperature) very to feel more intergrated.

    35 votes

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  9. Allow Changing Endpoints for a Live Skill

    Allow the Endpoints to be changed for a Live skill WITHOUT submitting for re-certification.

    In the new Developer Console for a Live (already published) skill, you can see the endpoint ARNs in textboxes which would indicate that they are editable, but the Save Endpoints button is disabled.

    The following scenarios outline why the endpoints should be editable. The timing and reasons for changing the endpoints shows that they should be done without triggering a re-certification.

    Scenario 1
    The skill's lambda function is hosted in a region that goes down. With a quick change of the ARNs, your skill will be…

    35 votes

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  10. Other e-mails for skill certification.

    Allow developers to add multiple email addresses in the Dev consul under the certification tab to receive feedback pertaining to the skill. In addition place the feedback in the certification tab instead of just having a general message that is of no value to the developer.

    34 votes

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  11. 34 votes

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  12. Access the web browser in my Echo Show skill?

    I would like to start a bookmarked video or web application by voice in my skill.

    34 votes

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  13. Make Alexa check for intents *inside* the skill before searching for a native/keyword function

    It's increasingly common and frustrating to have Alexa ignore intents provided by the skill and instead pivot to a native function / keyword function.

    For example, in a cooking skill I've included various intents for calling up the list of recipes offered by the skill. But as soon as Alexa hears the word "recipe", she quits the skill and says, "Sure. I can search by dish name and ingredients. What would you like?"

    Alexa obviously did not check my list of intents, because if she did she would've read the list of recipes in my skill to the user.

    The…

    34 votes

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  14. Remove/Delete Suppressed skills in Developer Account

    Currently, Suppressed or inactive skills remain in developer accounts and create Clutter.

    Allow for Developers to manage and maintain their developer accounts for organization and clarity.

    Additionally a suppressed skill in a developer account still shows as "LIVE" which is in accurate this should be adjusted immediately.

    34 votes

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  15. Get the probability for a slot

    Get the probability a slot was selected.

    This would help an experienced developer implement a dialog to confirm with the user or to execute indent directly.

    34 votes

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    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

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

  16. Phonic Recognition

    This feature request comes off the back of https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/200304/phonic-recognition.html

    The most recognised and adopted method of teaching kids and grownups to learn english is by using phonics.

    Could Alexa also recognise phonics as well as words? This would allow a whole new type of interactive skill that could teach children to read by getting them to practice phonics.

    Reference from the UK government for teaching kids to read with sounds:

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf

    33 votes

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  17. 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.

    33 votes

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

  18. Music Fade and/or Finish Song in Sleep Timer

    It would be nice to have the music fade to off when you set a sleep time for music play. Having a song abruptly stop causes me to wake up.

    Another nice option would be to have the song finish---even if it goes over the time. "Alexa, stop playing music in 10 minutes.." She will finish what ever song is playing at 10 min.

    31 votes

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  19. Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look Camera

    Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look camera for both taking a picture or capturing video - bonus: easy integration with AWS Rekognition in ASK would be ideal.

    31 votes

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  20. alexa.amazon.com media controls for Amazon device

    When using Alexa device to play, for example Spotify, the media controls (pause/play/next/volume) appear on the alexa.amazon.com web site. This happens with a small number of Skills (e.g. Spotify, Amazon Music and TuneIn).
    How about opening this up to all media-playing skills?

    30 votes

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