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. Routines are currently extremely limited compared to other devices. Combining multiple commands or skill activations or being able to write code into routines would be extremely valuable for power users.

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  2. Recently, the ability to launch 3rd party skills from routines was added. The implementation, however, was minimal. All the user can do is launch the skill. They cannot launch a specific intent.

    To unleash the potential of 3rd party skills in routines, users should be able to specify skill intents in the routine: "Tell skill x to y"

    224 votes

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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has public beta.Please refer to the following page(s) for more information:


    https://developer.amazon.com/en-US/docs/alexa/custom-skills/implement-custom-tasks-in-your-skill.html


  3. When I submit a skill for certification, there is no way to know when it is going to go live. It may go Live off-hours or when I am not available.

    This causes several issues.

    1) I can't promote my skill ( Can't tell my users my skill will be available on xx/xx)

    2) I can't be available to monitor after initial deployment. (monitor logs, have support ready etc..)

    3)I don't know when to turn on any backend API's, Systems etc. (If I have version 1.0 of let's say a lambda function on arn xxxx. I have no way of…

    211 votes

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  4. This feature would be similar to playing music with an Alarm but it would open a skill.

    169 votes

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  5. I have created a skill that manages daily routines. When invoked, the skill needs to calculate If a user completed a task on the same day.

    As of now, I'm guessing the timezone by the locale, but this is far from exact.

    Asking for the postal code permission is a deal breaker.

    I'm sure there are a lot of other skills that also would benefit from knowing the timezone.

    135 votes

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  6. Add ability to add a written command to a routine that would act as if the user spoke a voice command.

    E.g.
    Routine scheduled at 7:00 AM:
    - turn on Light
    - tell you something new
    (New): - perform “Alexa, what is the weather in Boston?”
    (New): - perform “Alexa, open Headspace”
    (New): - perform “Alexa, connect bluetooth”

    This would enable skills in routines while leveraging the existing abilities of the Echo, just by allowing written commands to be interpreted as voice commands on a schedule. This should be fairly simple to implement with what it is already is capable…

    120 votes

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  7. When I need to present something to my user that requires a more complex interaction with the user. In my usecase it's playlist generation where voice interaction would not be simple and I would need to direct user to a web environment. I can pass a card with a URL that is easy for the user to type in but it would be better if the URL was clickable.

    120 votes

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  8. Currently, if a dialog is mid progress, it overrides any displays that we may want to show relating to the dialog. Would greatly enhance user experience on multi-modal skills.

    118 votes

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  9. 107 votes

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  10. Currently, it’s impossible to get any data about the flash briefings usage at all. It’s crucial to know at least number of unique listeners and number of plays during some period of time.

    For the custom skills we are able to count the requests and sessions ourselves, since we host the backend for a skill, but still, there are a lot of tricky points, for example we are not able to distinguish requests from the certification team, so we count them as usual requests from Alexa users.

    I think that's a super basic functionality that really breaks the experience for…

    102 votes

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  11. The recently introduced AMAZON.FallbackIntent, which allows utterances which do not match any of the utterances associated with other intents to be picked up by a skill, is extremely useful. However, this can only be used in English (US) skills and not any any other languages, such as English (UK). This makes development harder than it should be and discourages developers from creating their skills in multiple languages.

    88 votes

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  12. I have a skill that looks up property management information for apartment buildings. We have over 150 properties which are defined as values for a slot. 4 digit property numbers for values and string property names as synonyms.

    I would like to be able to query a database for the slot values and synonyms dynamically at runtime.

    85 votes

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  13. Right now it’s impossible to get the link to the skill in the Skills Store. After the skill is published, you need to go to the store and search for it manually.

    It would be great to have an ability to fetch this link via SMAPI. Here is an example of the link I’m talking about: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CW6TH8/.

    As I can see, the main part of this link is the product ID, so at least having a product ID in skill manifest in SMAPI would be insanely helpful.

    Thanks.

    69 votes

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  14. Right now if I want to get a publishing status of a skill (live, dev, certification), I need to manually go to the SMAPI and ask for that. If you have 3 or 4 thousands of skills that you want to keep up to date, it’s about 5 thousands of requests to SMAPI every half an hour or even more often.

    So, to reduce the number of requests and waiting time for users drastically, it’s crucial to have some kind of an event system to be notified when the skill has changed its status from dev to certification or from…

    69 votes

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  15. Set an alarm on Echo in one room, say the kitchen to go off in another room like the bedroom.

    66 votes

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  16. Currently, there is no way to accurately do automated testing of how user audio resolves (in terms of intents and slots) for a given skill.

    At present, this testing is more-or-less done manually. There are several use cases where automation would be vitally important. Given:

    -When testing a large skill, it is extremely cumbersome to manually test a wide array of sample utterances for every change we make to the voice model. This discourages iterative design.
    -The overall Alexa voice model is constantly shifting. This is a good thing, but often this results in changes to how our skills launch…

    43 votes

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  17. e.g. I like to hear from alexa if there is a extreme weather warning in the area. This could happen if my API constantly calling a weather api of my area and if any extreme weather is forecasted, the message is broadcasted automatically.

    There could be number of different examples and I believe user can get benefit to be proactive in such cases. For that reason, I was hoping to have a time, location, event based skills that can be triggered autonomously by Lambda or some other scheduling service.

    41 votes

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  18. Currently for visitors, they have to know specific location names in order to use Alexa functionlaity correctly. e.g. simply saying "turn off lights/music" would be too ambiguous, or would result in all lights/music in the house turning off.

    Add location awareness to Alexa so that, for instance when saying "turn off lights" or "play music on Sonos", Alexa can be configured to only apply the command to devices that are located the room in which that particular Alexa unit is actually located.

    39 votes

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  19. On the Echo Show audio files just show "Now playing" with a generic audio image. Should be able to customize the track name and album artwork that is displayed while the audio is being played when triggered by a custom skill.

    Perhaps this could work as additional parameters with the AudioPlayer directive or embedded in the mp3 files themselves.

    30 votes

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    Launched  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has launched! Please refer to the following pages for more information:

    Blog: https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/ccb2d51c-3eb8-4fa4-8c04-709e4294b929/enhance-your-audio-skill-visuals-for-echo-show-and-echo-spot

    AudioPlayer on Echo Show and Echo Spot: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/audioplayer-interface-reference.html#audioplayer-display-device

    Guidelines for Images for Echo Show and Echo Spot: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/audioplayer-interface-reference.html#images

  20. Fire TV devices offer a very economical and accessible way for blind people to interact with Alexa. However, at the moment:

    "Note: Fire TV devices do not currently support the AudioPlayer "interface".

    It would open up a huge potential user base to get this interface enabled as soon as possible. Thank you.

    25 votes

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    Launched  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thank you for submitting an Alexa Skills Feature Request. We are happy to inform you that the feature you have requested has launched!

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