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. Add multi-language compatibility in the same speechOutput phrase

    When developing a skill in non-english language (e.g. Spanish), many times our skill needs to speak back to the user with a name or an english native word that doesn't have a local translation or that you want the skill to pronounce correctly in English.

    Case 1: Names

    "Hola, el nombre del autor es Miles Peter Andrews"

    I'd really love if my skill would not butcher the name of that author like it does right now when trying to say that in Spanish mode.

    Case 2: Teaching English Skills

    "Hoy vamos a aprender voz pasiva. Repite conmigo: The lunch was…

    18 votes
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    Received  ·  2 comments  ·  Text To Speech (TTS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Allow the connecting word "und" in German invocation names

    If a brand has the connecting word "und" in its name I cannot create a skill with this connection word in the invocation names. This is very disappointing and annoying when you learn about this restriction in the certification process and did not notice it before.

    I guess the connection word "und" or "and" in Englisch languages is quite common for brand names. So it will be a big improvement to allow it in the invocation name.

    As a background information: I just got a reply from the support that suggested to demand this feature here.

    18 votes
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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Interaction Model  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Skill sorting in the Developer Console (by recently modified or name)

    Please add the ability to sort Skills in the new Developer Console by name or by modification date. The old Developer Console sorted by modification date which allowed developers of many Skills to keep better track of their recent changes.

    18 votes
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    Received  ·  2 comments  ·  Alexa Developer Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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.

    17 votes
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    Received  ·  3 comments  ·  ASK SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Retrieve the PowerState info through the voice

    Currently, on Smart Home Skills it is not possible to retrieve the PowerState info through the voice; the only information I noticed that can be retrieved seems to be the status for smart locks and the temperature/setpoint for thermostats...
    The power state probably represents one of the most used interfaces for smart devices, and its status retrieval would be very useful for the user: in my opinion it's very limiting to interact by using the voice with a device without knowing if it is powered on or off.

    16 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.

    16 votes
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Alexa App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Ability to add Skill instruction in routines

    When building routines, would be good to have an option to add a skill instruction and choose to run it as part of a routine.

    16 votes
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  8. Guest Mode

    Say I've got an Alexa device in my guest room. It would be great if there was a kind of "guest mode" which I could use to apply certain (customizable) restrictions to features like:

    * Skill invocation
    * Smart Home
    * Playing music
    * Shopping​​

    16 votes
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  9. Add support for GIF and Video as background for Display Interface and Templates

    Developers should be able to use GIFs and Videos for the background of their Display Interfaces and Templates including for Echo Spot and Echo Show.

    16 votes
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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Multimodal / Visual Cards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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.

    16 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Skill Management API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

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

  11. Restart Alexa voice after tapping the Echo Show screen

    When a Skill is running on an Echo Show device with a longer text, I want to tap on it to scroll down. When I do this, the Alexa voice stops and the Skill is closed after around 8 to 10 seconds. I also get send to the intro screen.

    I would suggest a solution to just pause Alexas voice on the first tap and start it again on the second tap. This will be a much higher user experience.

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

  12. Proactive Notification template for new content (podcast, blog post, sermon, talk, seminar) available from skill

    Need to be able to notify users that new content has just been made available. Might fit into the Media Content template, but instead of notifying about upcoming content, this would be a notification that the content has just posted and is now available. This Notification would be helpful for listeners of blogs and podcasts and seminars and sermons, etc.

    15 votes
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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Skill Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Persist more than 24kb of data between intents in a session

    I'm getting intent failures with no corresponding error messages in logs (using alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-nodejs and Lambda).

    In troubleshooting, it looks like I may be exceeding the max allowed size of the JSON Response object. I see from the docs that the total size of your response cannot exceed 24 kilobytes.

    I'm using session attributes to store data I need, and in some circumstances that data is larger than 24kb. The same documentation as referenced above says: When returning your response, you can include data you need to persist during the session in the sessionAttributes property. The attributes you provide are then…

    15 votes
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  14. Need Alexa to provide a USERID back to skill.

    Once a Voice Profile is completed, a Skill should know WHO initiated the skill and give that data back to the skill so reports can now dilineate WHO initiated the skill...

    15 votes
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  15. Add Social Media account linking in the Alexa App for all skills to use

    Allow users to link their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) in the Alexa App itself. Then allow skills to query which accounts are linked and request permission to use those links, without requiring each skill to perform account linking separately (and perhaps not even exposing the account details to the skill, for greater privacy!).

    This would allow a skill to request permission to post to Facebook, for example, to share their new high score. The skill would request this permission at the time of the interaction, and the approval would be delegated to Amazon's built-in handling (to make…

    15 votes
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  16. Ability to Mirror Alexa Screen on connected devices

    It will be great if we get the capability to mirror / extend / cast the content (video and/or Text) shown on an Alexa Spot or Show screen onto a connected (bigger) screen.

    15 votes
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  17. Bad debugging

    When I get the "There was a problem with the request3d skill's response" reply it would be 1000% more helpful if you would at least display what the response was even if you cannot tell me what was wrong with the response

    15 votes
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  18. 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

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

  19. 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.

    14 votes
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  20. 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

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