Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Alexa, is the back porch light on?
    - Yes, would you like for me to turn it off?
    - No, would you like for me to turn it on?

    The same idea or flow for devices

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  2. Hey,

    I don't understand why APL is not available on smartphones. Smartphones are able to display simple cards but not to show APL-rendered screens. I understand the difficulty of different screen sizes here but it would be really cool if you could implment APL in your Alexa-App (especially for testing).

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  3. 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.

    18 votes

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  4. 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

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

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

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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.

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  8. Currently, I can't say "Alexa, set volume to 50%". I get the response "Sorry, you can only set the volume between 1 & 10". This is small change, but I think much more intuitive for users.

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  9. 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…

    17 votes

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  10. 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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  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.

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  12. Please consider Czech language support for Alexa, as it is a highly developed country in terms of e-commerce, and as well as one of Amazon's logistics centres is located there. Thank you.

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  13. Enable a skill to adjust the volume

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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…

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  15. Currently if a user streams audio via the skill there is no friendly way to get back to the skill without the user saying an invocation command.

    I'd propose a way to allow a skill to open a new session, allowing speechOutput after the PlaybackNearlyFinished or PlaybackFinished events occur in the AudioPlayer interface.

    There are a couple use-cases for this:

    1) A podcast skill where it would be beneficially to ask the user if they'd like to listen to the next episode.
    2) Give some information about the next episode before it begins to play
    3) Provide a purchase opportunity…

    16 votes

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  16. "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,…

    16 votes

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  17. 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,…

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  18. 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

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  19. There are multiple Asks from other Users over a number years, yet Amazon isn’t acting or reacting.

    Alexa Context Awareness (Room Awareness) for any device placed in a group + Echo device, to control using natural utterance as long as it is in a group using the object name. (same as lights/switches).

    Alexa supports Lights, Switches, Thermostats - today. However myself and many others would like to Control the devices we choose to insert into a group with natural utterances, regardless if they are a Blind/Shade, Awning, Fan, drape etc but use the objects name vs having to utter Alexa…

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  20. I would like to be able to trigger a routine at sunrise/sunset.
    I would also like to have the time of an action be night time or day time based on my homes location. ie Door bell turn on an outside light only at night time.

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