Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. 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.

    18 votes
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  2. Locally control ZigBee devices connected to my Echo Plus Hub

    All my home automation devices use the Z-Wave radio protocol (sockets, lights, shutters, sirens, etc ...) and only one uses the ZigBee protocol: the Philips Hue lamp purchased with my Echo Plus.

    I also have other connected objects (Netatmo weather, Netatmo security, Foscam camera, GreenIQ, Harmony Elite) each with their own communication mode.
    Mostly all these devices have a set of APIs and, thus, I can manage all these objects from my home automation box Fibaro.

    ALL EXCEPT my Philips Hue bulb which is managed ONLY FROM my Echo Plus.

    So here's the improvement I'm asking for: be able to…

    18 votes
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  3. 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.

    18 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. Routines running on specific echo-device

    My goal would be to create a rule "Alexa, turn on the light", which does not turn on the light in all rooms, but just in the room the echo-device is in.
    To solve this, it would be great if i can create routines with multiple-triggers - not only the voice command, but also the device i am talking to.

    Secondly the commands should not be unique, so i can create more than one time the routine "turn the light on"

    17 votes
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  8. 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…

    17 votes
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  9. 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​​

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  10. Connect To Bluetooth Device In Routine

    It would be great if we could connect to a bluetooth device as part of the routine. I.E Connect to bluetooth speaker in another room as part of the "good morning" routune.


    • Alexa Good Morning

    • Flash Breifing

    • Connect to BlueTooth Speaker in bathroom

    • Play BBC Radio 1 (will then play through the bluetooth speaker)

    17 votes
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    Hello,

    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. To keep the site purpose-driven and actionable, we only surface Alexa skills and Alexa developer feature requests at this time. Your request has been received and routed to the appropriate internal team for consideration. You can review our guidelines for how to post an effective feature request here: http://alexa.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1823500

    Thank you!

  11. 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.

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  12. 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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  13. 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

    16 votes
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  14. 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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

  17. Provide Official ASK CLI Docker Image

    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…

    15 votes
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  18. 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…

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  19. Allow changing of invocation name

    Please allow changing/modification of invocation names.

    Having to resubmit a new skill and losing the old users is not really acceptable. We should be allowed to be able to change/tweak the invocation name for various reasons:


    • Invocation name is not responding correctly (despite successful testing).

    • Change of company/business name

    15 votes
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  20. 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...

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