Allow users to invoke skill intents in routine
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"
NELSON SANTOS commented
The implementation as it its stands defeats the whole purpose of a routine. It should run automatically, and not require extra voice commands after the routine has been triggered.
Kelly Brown commented
It just seems like this would be such an easy addition. Please make this happen!
Ryan P Abraham commented
Come on Alexa development team you have to make this happen . This is what the Alexa world is waiting for
Paul H. Leppert commented
This would be great! I use the Plex skill and to play a specific playlist (in shuffle mode), I have to say: "Alexa, ask Plex to shuffle the playlist 'xyz'".
I can create a routine for "integrated" providers (I have a routine to play a specific radio station in iHeartRadio since Alexa would frequently mishear the station name, so now I can just say "Alexa, play the radio" and she automatically plays the correct station).
I want to do the same with third party skills.
Realistically, not being able to just have the routine execute a "command" as if I spoke it (e.g., the above example would allow me to just add a command to a routine "Ask Plex to Shuffle Playlist xyx") and the routine name could then be something simpler.
Heather Luna commented
John P Kelvie commented
That would be a great add-on.
Some skills presents some features at the beginning and the user would have to interact to obtain some kind of information. If this is in a routine, this interaction is then daily. Would be great to avoid this behavior.
Daniel Mittendorf commented
Oh yes, this is a great idea and useful for all Alexa users!
Liam Sorta commented
Great suggestion, very much needed
rocky m olsen commented
Seriously the current implementation is so janky. This needs to be done ASAP.
Ryan P Abraham commented
This feature is a much needed feature and should be top of this priority list. Adding Skills is pretty much useless unless you can use those skills fully in a routine. Most people with home automation would just like to say
"Alexa Good Night"
and then have it
shut off all of the lights, close the garage door, lower the heat, arm the house alarm ...etc
But a routine opening the Home Alarm routine is not enough as you have to say things after it to make it useful. this now is even more messy especially if you string together 5 or 6 skills all which require voice interaction.
I also agree that fully written routines would be even more powerful as this then could be linked to IFTTT triggers which don't have skill linked to them just the word "trigger"
please make this happen !!!
Niall C Gray commented
Agree with everything said here. Just being able to open a skill in a routine is not really iseful at all. The ability to ask that skill to perform a function is definitely needed. All I need is the ability to stop playback of my Squeezebox when I use the routine that turns off my amplifier.
"Ask media server to stop playback" or similar would work perfectly.
Albert Reiche commented
Waited soooooooo long for this (using skills in routines) and it turns out that it's pretty much useless in it's current form. Please implement this or even better, this:
I just want to be able to open my garage door and start my car without have to have a 1 minute conversation with Alexa...