We need more proactive notification event scheme types.
We need more proactive notification event scheme types. The current set is very limited. We want to inform a user of utility company disruption (eg a gas leak or water leak) in their postcode area.
Why not have a generic event that just takes a message string??
Will Minton commented
This needs to happen, and fast. Amazon's available schemas are outdated, limited, and frankly embarrassing for such a massive MNC.
Extremely limited! Please add a generic theme. I want to send skill-based messages to the user, not Amazon-based messages.
Jamie D commented
+1 for a generic message event - without this many Alexa solutions aren't feasible. At least enable for developers on their own devices.
Dylan Rush commented
So profoundly stupid that developers are limited to a set of 6-8 schemas, that haven't been updated. It's an example of a terrible design choice by Alexa that can't possibly scale with developer demand. The kinds of events are limited to the imaginations of Amazon, which is precisely what skill development tries to avoid.
Kyle Jensen commented
We need to be able to submit templates for approval. Create a section in the build tab on the developer console and let us create our own templates. Or better yet, let us input the exact phrases that we will use so A) we aren't restricted to a template, and B) every phrase is approved.
Yves Buyle commented
A generic text message event would really be nice. We are currently working on a sauna controller skill and would like to inform the user when his sauna is up to temperature. Unfortunately this does not fit in the limited event types for now.
Yes, actually proactive notifications function is really limiting. I can't implement it in several skills because there isn't a custom schema. Please, add a custom schema! It's really important for my 4 civil protection skills I'm developing have the flexibility to send alerts with custom options!
Craig Humphreys commented
Yes, at the moment it's far too limiting. I understand that Amazon want to protect end users, but surely it would be better if we could create our own custom schemas, which would then need to be certified. That would restrict developers from sending any old rubbish, and give the rest of us the flexibility to create useful notifications for our skills.
Jeff Savin commented
Agreed. My skill allows users to submit content. Would love to sent a notification to the user that their content has been approved and is live.
Mike Paine commented
Preach.. I was really excited for this feature, and we waited a very long time for it, and I find the current implementation to be extremely limiting. I imagine all these presets exist so that developers cant just send down anything to a device (think cursing someone out, etc). But, wouldnt something like that be picked up during skill certification? If your use case doesnt fit into a very small box, this feature isnt very usable, and it really disappoints.