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This site enables Alexa Skill 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. 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.

    19 votes

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  2. It would be wonderful to be able to either set a custom duration for a Beta test of a skill, or to be able to renew a Beta skill test pool without all the users having to click through a new link or email.

    19 votes

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  3. 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.

    19 votes

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

  4. Enable a skill to adjust the volume

    18 votes

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  5. Right now, in the test tab for a given skill in the developer console, there's an option to provide some SSML text and hear how Alexa would convert that to speech. This utility uses no contextual information about the skill itself, and there's really no reason at all that it needs to be stuck behind a login gate, other than for the purpose of possibly thwarting abuse of said functionality.

    As a developer, I would like the ability to provide this same functionality to my users on a public website I run or to my collaborators in a private tool…

    18 votes

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  6. Would like to widget on home screen to access lists

    17 votes

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  7. 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.

    17 votes

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  8. "STOP" and "PAUSE" have two very distinct meanings:

    "STOP": cause (an action, process, or event) to come to an end.
    "PAUSE": a temporary stop in action or speech.
    Different words, different meanings.

    Unfortunately, AudioPlayer confuses the two, and even the documentation warns that

    "when your skill is not in an active session but is playing audio, or was the skill most recently playing audio, utterances such as 'stop' send your skill an AMAZON.PauseIntent instead of an AMAZON.StopIntent."

    This creates a poor user experience, and it doesn't take long to find at least 30 questions, requests relating to this.

    For example,…

    17 votes

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  9. 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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  10. Adding the ability to specify a font color in addition to the existing font size would be very helpful. I was developing a test skill for my company an on the prompt I used the company logo as a background image. Unfortunately the logo is on a field of white and the text was invisible since the display font is white with no option to change it. I naively assumed I could put a rich text option <font color="black"> into the text but discovered there is no such option. Just the size. Color setting would be very useful for Cards,…

    17 votes

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  11. 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.

  12. I want to create some skills that could aromatically invoke Alexa to return some notifications upon satisfying certain criterion like meeting certain conditions or at certain time period. So, I want Alexa Team to make such a feature so that developers can use it.
    For example :There is a notification message which you want Alexa to automatically read out by getting automatically invoked at a certain time upon satisfying certain condition.

    Please, create such a feature and for any quwriqu regarding this idea please follow back.

    16 votes

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  13. When attempting to build skill, the operation fails due to the skill exceeding 2MB in size. Vote to increase hard limit for size of interaction model!

    16 votes

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  14. I was surprised to find that there is no official Docker image for development with the ASK CLI. The "amazon" user on Docker Hub contains only a couple images for working specifically with ECS and Elastic Beanstalk, and there does not appear to be any official "alexa" user. Upon further investigation, I found the aws-codebuild-docker-images repo in the "aws" GitHub organization, but unfortunately it does not have any sample Dockerfiles that install the ASK CLI either. There are similar issues open at the AWS CLI repo, because there is no official Amazon Docker image for the AWS CLI either, so…

    16 votes

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  15. When the Echo Show display option is unchecked, you should integrate Alexa app cards if developers send it. Even if you don't want to display cards, you should at least treat the console as a non-screen device allowing devs to see cards property in the output JSON when echo screen is disabled

    16 votes

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  16. Allow skill builders to reference the wake word for a device when sending responses back from a skill.

    This would allow skill builders the ability to include precise instructions for how to use the skill or Alexa 1p functionality to their customers.

    15 votes

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  17. Hi Team,

    Currently In Alexa Smart Home Skill there is no Api to control Drapes/Curtains.
    For Example:
    Alexa,open Living Room Curtain
    Alexa,close Living Room Curtain

    It will be very useful if Smart Home team implement this feature specially for Hotel Automation and also smart home automation.

    15 votes

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  18. Hi, while playVideo() works fine for video playback on an Amazon Echo Show, there's no way to start at a certain position. Optionally accepting a position in milliseconds would solve this. Use cases for this are resuming playback or jumping to a certain known position of a video e.g. the start of the next topic in the news. Thanks, Jan

    PS: I didn't find any seek functionality to emulate this and having a seekVideo() function with a position in milliseconds might be an additional or alternative way to implement this.

    15 votes

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  19. There have been times when users have reported issues with skills via store reviews. It would be handy if we could get email notifications when new reviews are piblished against our skills in the store

    15 votes

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  20. Add automatic skill endpoint switching when the development skill goes live.

    It will be great to have the possibility to make Live version work with lambda.arn:PROD and Development with lambda.arn:$LATEST aliases. Every time when I want to update my skill I need to do back and forth switching.

    15 votes

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