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. Alexa Routines to have a "Post HTTP" option for simple automation.

    Simple voice control of DIY devices could be achieved if the Routines section of the Alexa App had an option to do an HTTP POST.

    eg/ I have a home-made lamp (based on an ESP8266) which I currently control using a custom skill that drops the JSON payload to a Linux server which interprets it then does a HTTP POST to the lamp's URL with the required mode as a parameter. ("mode=candles"/"mode=off"/"mode=purple"...etc)

    I could (and other hobbiests and educators could) much more easily have implemented this with an Alexa Routine identified by "make it candle time" with a line in…

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  2. Help users avoid incorrect keywords

    Example: I want to listen to the Troll soundtrack. 'Trolls' does not interest me. In 4 of 4 attempts, Troll was successfully heard, and Trolls started.

    Usage:"Alexa, play Troll soundtrack, not Trolls" or "Alexa, play Troll soundtrack, ignore Trolls".

    Alternatively, it could ask "Did you mean Trolls (Original Soundtrack) by varied artists or did you mean Troll?"

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  3. Have Alexa be able to spell certain words in commands through the Alexa App

    Go ahead and try to get Alexa to play "Cantos Profane" by Richard Band. Or get it to call my friend Viktyr (No, I don't have any friends named Victor". Some things just require spelling, and Alexa does not accept spelling words out.

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  4. log out of unsatisfactory skills

    Many skills perform the same tasks, some better than others.
    Trying different skills is okay.
    When skills are disabled they are still used (linked).
    No way to stop old skills from interference. thanks

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  5. See how styles affect component layout in APL

    It would be useful to see why elements are positioned as they are in the simulator. Suggestions:
    1. A feature to view the applied styles on each element, especially padding properties and the alignment properties of containers.
    2. A feature to show the outlines of elements, especially invisible elements such containers.

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  6. Multiple commands to trigger routines

    Ability to have multiple trigger phrases for a routine instead of just one. So you can account for nuances in language requests.

    IE "Alexa, it is ********" also works with "Alexa start the show"

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  7. Utterance Profiler for Speech

    Enable the utterance profiler for speech. My experiences using the profiler is that it gets typed utterances correct. However the problems occur during speech. I would like to see the various intent considerations.

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  8. switch accounts on ios companion app

    I have a personal alexa account and now a work one. I have added my work account to my household via the companion app but my alexa skill does not function properly. I believe I have to switch accounts to be successful. The ios companion app does now allow account switching and I do not want to have to constantly switch accounts for work and for personal. Please make this less annoying.

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  9. Correspond to Chinese

    I want you to develop Alexa so that you can understand Chinese that is said to be more than 100 million native speakers.
    I fully understand that Alexa can not sell in China. I think that it is not a good idea to remove Chinese speakers living in the world from business.

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  10. Add Scroll to Test Console

    Scroll not available in Alexa Skills Test Console.

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  11. Allow for a shorter time window for intent history

    The intent history tool is currently aggregated as a rolling window that goes back 30 days and covers any day where at least 10 unique users used the skill. Unfortunately, there is no way to view data from a smaller, more recent window. This is particularly troublesome for iterative design, as the process to enhance your intent model is extremely slow, something like:

    -Use Intent History to find cases where users are hitting the wrong intent, and fix skill (1 day)
    -Certification (1 week)
    -Wait for Intent History to clear out utterance misfires that were part of the rolling window…

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  12. Add FM and DAB etc. to the InputController

    I don't know if the intention is for the Mode Controller to replace the Input Controller in due course but as it stands the input controller does not have the full set of useful inputs in the localised markets.

    In the UK for example I would suggest that FM, DAB are certainly missing and arguably it would be useful to have the more branded Freesat, Freeview, Sky as likely components that are driving an input.

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  13. api for endpoint updates

    create an API to allow the end point to be updated

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  14. Alexa smart home skills with Mode.Controller need to be able to query current mode.

    I am creating a smart home skill with the Mode.Controller. There needs to be a way to query what the mode is set to with voice. I see it in my alexa.amazon.com page showing the DeepQuery. But with voice the only response I get is I'm not quite sure what went wrong.. This would greatly help the user experience.

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  15. Home Cards not shown in simulator for Echo/Dot

    There is a problem with the simulator in that is doesn't show home cards for the Echo and Echo Dot. Since this is part of certification, it would be nice to be able to test this.

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  16. Fire TV Sleep Mode or Timer

    Allow Alexa to turn on sleep mode or countdown to sleepmode on Fire TV devices via voice command. I would like to be able to set routines, and give the command and my lights would shut off, my FireTV would go into sleep mode (or start timer).

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  17. Promote Better Multimodal Skills on Skills Store and/or on SKill Details section

    to enable end users recognize easily multimodal skills and incite them to activate and use on their screen devices (Echo SPOT,/Show/Tablets/TV..) , is it possible to show an extra iconnear each skill to indicate multimodal Ready for small/medium/large/extra screens on the skill store and/or on the skill details section ? In addition, skill developers may be interested to do extra development to get their skill compatible to multimodal and get more user engagement. Thanks, adrien

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  18. Please can the units of measure be enhanced to include all SI Units

    The SmartHome SDK RangeController accepts a unit of measure.

    It would be helpful if the full SI unit catalogue could be handled (both Base and Derived: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InternationalSystemofUnits#Baseunits)

    I can immediately see a need for Hertz for example

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  19. Alexa visual indicator

    I have a set of 5 Lifx tiles. It would be amazing to see Alexa speak and acknowledge when she is listening via visual methods versus auditory only.

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  20. Alexa should know my birthday from my profile.

    Alexa knows my name and address and other info. But when asked about my birthday or age, she has no idea. Such info is part of my account information. She should be able to call that info up and also be ready to wish me a Happy Birthday.

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