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. Hi,

    it would be nice to be able to read the current position of the audioplayer at every time. With this feature it would be possible to program an interactive audio drama, where the user could switch between characters or to enable switching between different versions of the same audio-file (For example an alternative version for people with hearing-loss).

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  2. If in my skill the user utters something I cannot answer, I would like the ability to delegate the utterance back to Alexa without exiting my skill. This way the user can "get the weather" for example without exiting my skill.

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  3. provide the original text as well, along with the intent

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  4. Hi I need to turn on a light....

    AVS is cool and can be a lot... but why I need to run a Lambda instead of run my Local Skill?

    I'm quite sure that Echo Dot or higher end Alexa Devices are quite enough powerful to run my skill locally with no remote API/KEY/VALIDATION/etc...

    Send me an xml saying
    <LIGHT name="MyLight"><NEXT_STATE>1</NEXT_STATE></LIGHT>

    It would be wonderful if we could use AVS and a very light SDK library layer to run OVER the Alexa device.
    The purpose is to transform Alexa devices into a Mic able to ask to AlexaVS and then…

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  5. Have access as a developer to the full list enabled skills that a user has added to their Alexa device.

    There might be use cases where a developer is dependent on another skill and wants to check if its active or not.

    GET request /user_skills

    \ TuneIn, Dominos, FitBit enabled

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  6. Currently I can quickly run tests of my code in development, but I'm now adding more <audio> tags in my SSML, and when I run the replay, all I see is <Short audio> What I'd like to see is <Short audio: door_opens.mp3>, etc. Just pull the last fragment of the URI and display it in the tag (e.g /([^/]+)$/ = everything in the uri after the last forward slash.)

    Otherwise, I can't automate any tests that require verifying the audio files in my ssml are right for the current context.

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  7. Expose the same API in the ASK SDK that the Simon Says Skill has access to. Using AMAZON.SearchQuery does not cut it for messaging and social media type skills.

    Thanks

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  8. The programmatic access to the device info data would open new opportunities for business that serve the customers through Alexa.
    Also, it would allow to access the data about the environment in which the device is operated.

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  9. Many large companies have or utilize third party voice authentication mechanisms to provide voice auth across a number of channels (e.g.,IVR, mobile app). While voice profiles are available through Alexa, is it possible to have an option to reuse existing third party voice auth APIs companies have invested in already within Alexa Skills?

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  10. According to the docs, APL Text items support some HTML-like markup, with a custom escape method for special characters:

    https://developer.amazon.com/docs/alexa-presentation-language/apl-text.html

    There should be a function in the SDKs that we can use for escaping a plain text string, to display it as-is.

    Also, the chart under "Markup characters in text must be replaced with character entity references" is a little confusing. E.g. what are we supposed to replace &, <, and > with?

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  11. To avoid having ask-cli installed globally which is not good when working with other developers together who might have version mismatches, it would be nice when you could trigger ask commands with npm scripts.

    For example:
    package.json:
    "scripts": {
    "validate": "ask validate"
    }

    Currently this throws errors like described here:
    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/211596/run-ask-commands-as-npm-script.html?childToView=212326#comment-212326

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  12. via some script we hit an api for a specific user that is in front of line and Alexa responds with example speech.

    "Hi Jhon, welcome to Demo clinic"

    or
    "Hi Dave, welcome to Demo clinic"

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  13. I'd like to have a Lambda Layer for the ASK SDK Python available also in Europe region. Today it is available only in US.
    See also here for reference: https://github.com/alexa/alexa-cookbook/blob/master/resources/lambda-layers/ask-sdk-lambda-layers.md

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  14. Skill Connections is a great idea but needs an additional feature. My use case is my skill called "When is my Flight" is used at the departing airport and tells the user when his flight will land and I would like to give him the chance of booking an Uber when it lands. So at his departing airport he uses my skill and says book me an uber to take me home. At that point my service will book the uber at the landing time plus a delta of say 20 mins for him/her to get from aircraft to outside.…

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  15. It would be useful to permit the passing of Lambda Environment Variables as part of ask cli (and IDE plugins) configuration - OR - To bind the ask cli features as part of AWS SAM.

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  16. The JSON editor should have undo back to the last "no big red x" version in a single click. That way after I spend a bunch of time trying to figure out what it is unhappy about I can start again from a known good place with a single click.

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  17. Actually we can create and deploy javascript alexa skills, it would be great if we can do with typescript too.

    I think it's not so hard to add typescript support (transpile before deploy)

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  18. Enable the utterance profiler for speech. My experiences using the profiler is that it gets typed utterances correct. However the problems occur during speech. I would like to see the various intent considerations.

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  19. I don't know if the intention is for the Mode Controller to replace the Input Controller in due course but as it stands the input controller does not have the full set of useful inputs in the localised markets.

    In the UK for example I would suggest that FM, DAB are certainly missing and arguably it would be useful to have the more branded Freesat, Freeview, Sky as likely components that are driving an input.

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  20. The SmartHome SDK RangeController accepts a unit of measure.

    It would be helpful if the full SI unit catalogue could be handled (both Base and Derived: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_System_of_Units#Base_units)

    I can immediately see a need for Hertz for example

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