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.

To keep this site purpose-driven and actionable, we moderate requests. Here’s some guidance on how to create great feature requests that can be evaluated by our development teams. For conversation, dialogue or help, you should visit our Alexa forums. We appreciate your input.

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  1. APL - Don't stop skill when a user interacts with components

    Presenting an APL document that includes components such as a ScrollView, for example, invites the user to interact with that component. Unfortunately, as soon as the user touches the screen, the skill stops. If Alexa was speaking, she abruptly stops speaking. If the user does nothing more, the skill comes to an end and the user is kicked out. This is a horrible experience.

    Add the ability, for developers to present either certain components that won't interrupt the skill, or a full document that won't react to touch.

    14 votes

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  2. Play reminders and alarms on all devices or grouped devices/control which reminders and alarms play on which devices

    A reminder is of little help if it plays in the kitchen when I'm in the bedroom. My 84 year old Dad needs reminders for many things but found that buying multiple devices does not allow those reminders to playback from all devices. Need a way to set reminders, alarms and even timers to play from all devices or ideally a matrix can be setup to choose which reminders play from which devices.

    14 votes

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  3. Alexa, did the power go out today?

    She can't tell me how long she has been on, when she last rebooted, I want to know if the power tripped, and ideally how long it was out.

    14 votes

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  4. Include the skill name in the "beta test complete" notification

    In the notification "Beta test for Alexa skill is complete" please include the respective skill name. We have many skills in development at at any given time and it's really annoying to look through all of them and check which one expired.

    14 votes

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  5. Flash Briefing: add video support

    I have some Flash Briefings for local news. The news providers are creating video, and then ripping the audio out for the Flash Briefing version. It would be great to be able to use the video in the Echo Show.

    Bonus points for using the video asset for the audio / non-video Echo devices.

    14 votes

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  6. Slot type "number" with leading zero

    Need a "number" that supports leading zero's. So when a user enters "012" it reads back "zero one two". The current number type reads back "twelve".

    14 votes

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  7. 30 second audio / video preview of skill

    To help users decide whether a skill should be used it would be great to have a 30 second audio clip with a promo / preview of a skill.

    Similar to how the app store has videos or images of apps the user can listen before committing to enabling or invoking the skill.

    These clips would surface in three places:


    1. On the skills directory page in the Alexa App

    2. On the skills directory page in the amazon website

    3. As an option to listen to when Alexa recommends a skill

    The audio clip would be uploaded / submitted during the submission…

    13 votes

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  8. Context Awareness (Room Awareness) for Any Device placed into a Group with Echo Device

    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…

    13 votes

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  9. Guard to detect Dog barking

    I love the fact that the Guard feature will alert me to breaking glass or a smoke detector going off. But it would be even better if it could also let me know if my dog starts barking so that I know to check in to see what is going on.

    13 votes

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  10. Developer Page/Profile in Alexa Skill Store

    It would be great to have a "Developer page" in the skill store, like a profile that lists all skills that this developer has published.

    I.e. make the name of the developer clickable in the skill store and show all skills that this person/company has published.

    13 votes

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  11. Give the time in Routines

    Presently we are able to get the News, Weather, or Traffic in a Routine. But right now we can’t get a simple time-stamp in a Routine. It would be nice if I could verbally trigger a Bedtime Routine that adjusted lights, temperature, and said “It’s 11:23pm. Good night!” It would seem rather simple to add this capability; wouldn’t seem any more difficult than News, Weather, or Traffic.

    13 votes

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  12. DialogDirectives and DisplayTemplate in the same "turn"

    I would like to use Dialog Directives and Rendering via a Display Template in the same "turn". Right now, we are only able to use diasplat cards ("CofirmIntentWithCard"...)

    13 votes

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  13. Transfer audio to another device

    Move audio to another device, i.e. I’m done in the kitchen and want to continue listening in the dining room. “Alexa,follow me to the dining room.”

    12 votes

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  14. Provide barge-in flag on request

    As a developer, I would like a field on an incoming intent request payload that tells me whether that request was the result of a barge-in or not.

    Rationale:
    Today, there is no way to know whether an incoming intent in a live session was the result of the user completely listening to the previous response, or the result of the user doing a barge-in by invoking their wake word. There are several use cases where this information would be useful, but the two most important are:


    1. If you were giving instructions to your user at the end of your…
    12 votes

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  15. Alexa’s whisper for routines

    Many Alexa users experience the issue of wanting Alexa to whisper on a routine, especially for use of an alarm at night or in the morning. The issue is that many of us wake up even hours before the next person in the house has to wake up, so we can’t use Alexa as the alarm because she has a habit of screaming out her words on routines when you want her to just whisper. It would be great to see the addition of “Alexa whisper” under “device settings” when creating a routine, so that anything Alexa says during the…

    12 votes

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  16. Be able to view analytics on a blueprint skill

    I have a flash briefing skill that I made in blueprints and i'm not able to view any analytics on that said skill. So for the last 2 weeks, I've been updating my flash briefing but I still don't know if anyone subscribed to my skill or even listening. I would love to be able to see how many subscribers I have or any engagements. Thank you

    12 votes

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  17. Option to eliminate 8-second time-out constraint

    Currently (10.2018) there is an 8 second timeout for Custom Skills that is standard across all interactions and isn't customizable.

    We are aiming to develop a skill that would allow users to opt-in to a skill that is not constrained by time. I.e. the skill will be designed to listen for an unlimited amount of time.

    The application for an unlimited amount of time is educational: for families with children with learning disabilities or language development issues there is an opportunity for specialists to be able to measure and analyze a family's "language environment" by using Alexa. Specialists would be…

    12 votes

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  18. Allow skills to bind to a custom wake word.

    Allow users or to configure wake words to use a specific skill as the context.

    Probably best to use the skills installed as the wake word and have a finite list of currently active wake words.

    Alexa, ask Lyft how much a Lyft Plus from home to work
    becomes
    Lyft how much is a Lyft Plus from home to work

    12 votes

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  19. Deleting Voice Recordings Programmatically

    I have a project coming up for someone that may include sensitive info, and I thought it would be useful to be able to run a script to delete voice clips through the CLI in order to scrub information it might have sent off without having to manually go through the app or something every time.

    Or, even better, a way through the ASK to say something like "Alexa, delete voice recordings" and have it delete the recordings in some way.

    I had originally asked about this in the dev forum and it was suggested that I suggest it here.…

    12 votes

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  20. Function of volume leveling

    I have created skill introduces steps to cook meals with voice.
    I have a problem. A gap between guidance in my skill and alexa’s voice are so different.

    But I can’t change volume of guidance, because they’re used in so many other platforms and they’re affected too.

    Could you provide a function to adjust volume of media in video player and audio player?

    That would be nice.Thanks!

    12 votes

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