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. Earcon Tag

    Create an earcon tag for high-quality short-form assets (earcons) such as sonic logos, UX/UI sounds, mnemonics, and jingles. This <earcon> tag should differ from others in that it should support a higher sample rate/bit rate with a restricted length.

    The <audio> tag can support up to 240 seconds, whereas the average <earcon> is only 1-5 seconds long. With a sample rate of 24 kHz and a bit rate of 48 kbps for a full 240 seconds, the size of the compressed audio file would be 1.44 MB. Conversely, with a 5 second <earcon> tag, 1.44 MB could theoretically allow for…

    6 votes

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  2. Allow adding cards after video playback

    Our idea is to make a more involved video playback storyline. After we played one video, e.g. Non playing character tells you a story, you can then decide with a card, or specific or completely custom overlay, how the story should proceed (pick the shovel, pick the axe) we would show the next video. We understand this might not be the one off search users usually make, but would enable us to tell more engaging stories.

    6 votes

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  3. Session should remain active while audio player is running.

    While audio player is running, user can only move next or previous in the audio player. The session closes so any other command for skill has to be made after again reopening the session by saying invocation name which creates such an awkward user experience.

    There are below use cases in the skill that i want to develop.
    1) Let user purchase product in between on going songs
    2) Let user navigate to main menu while audio player is playing.
    3) Let user choose from playlist while audio is playing in audio player

    All the above three are restricted as…

    5 votes

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  4. Option to normalize audio output

    Currently there is no option to normalize the audio output from Alexa - e.g. the radio is playing and if you ask Alexa to do or answer something, you can hardly understand her.

    When you therefore raise the volume, the radio volume is afterwards way to high, so you have to lower the volume and won't understand Alex after that.

    5 votes

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  5. mirror echo show screen to tv

    would love to see the Screensaver/ echo show congregation displayed on my large TV so I can easily see my reminders calendar event.

    4 votes

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  6. Let Video Player support WebRTC

    Currently, WebRTC is only available for smart home skills. A custom skill could only use Video Player to play videos using protocols like HLS.
    It would be nice for Video Player to support WebRTC, which could greatly decrease the latency caused by HLS.

    4 votes

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  7. Add option to display hint with Audio Player Metadata

    I have been using the new metadata field with the Audio Player in order to show title's and an image. However, there is no way to put my own hint on the screen. The Echo Show shows hints but they are hints not related to my skill. It would be nice to override that and display my own hints.

    4 votes

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  8. Allow for much longer audio responses in APL for Audio

    The current limit is 4 minutes. Our app plays backing tracks for guitarists and this is way too short. Please increase to at least 20 mins.

    3 votes

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  9. Audio Player analytics

    When using the audio player, there's a few things missing that would be useful to know. For example, did the audio playback fail or was it successful? How long did someone spend listening? Did they listen all the way through or quit at the beginning?

    3 votes

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  10. Simultaneous sounds

    Allow for multiple sounds described using SSML to be played simultaneously. This will eliminate the need to wait for a sound to be finished playing before starting a new one or to be able to create more complex sound streams.

    3 votes

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  11. Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    Allow to resume an audio without any invocation name while a skill audio, which was being played using play directive, is being paused?

    3 votes

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  12. We need an Echo Show with HDMI out.

    This is the killer device that everyone is looking for. Echo Show is great, but the screen is too small. Sound is great from the Echo Show itself so you wouldn't need to use the TV sound, thus avoiding feedback issues etc. due to latency in the TV. Two way video calling is a lot different with a big screen, enabling family conversations and a more natural experience than you get when handholding a device.

    2 votes

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  13. Do not require SSL for audio player streams

    Everyone likes the padlock in their URL bar. But, most (if not all) security breaches come from database theft, not IP packet sniffing -- especially sniffing of audio streams. Requiring SSL for audio streams/files is an extra complication that brings no benefit to the user, but introduces additional burden to the developer. Eliminate this requirement.

    2 votes

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  14. Ability to create and change sound profile

    Ability to create and change sound profiles. So, the ability to save Bass-Midrange-Treble audio setting to a specific profile (ex. Podcast, Rock). And later, have the ability to change via voice (Alexa, set audio profile to Rock), Or (Alexa, change audio profile on Bedroom Echo to Podcast)

    2 votes

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  15. Refactor VideoApp Interface Design to be embeddable

    I want to design skills that play videos as a "natural" part of the skill.

    My example scenario:
    I'm building a custom company wiki with Alexa, that can be used to get some information about our company. They can use standard web-page-like intents, e.g. "How many employees has the company?", or ListTemplate based choices, e.g. "Buildings of the company in city x".
    I also want to show videos about our products or an image video embedded as "natural part" of the skill.

    For example:
    - use of custom skill intents during video playtime
    - display custom hints, or disable the…

    2 votes

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  16. Create a video diary skill.

    Be able to record video and have this video stored in a diary format. Also to be able to send/share this video. Could also use TTS for notation of content.

    2 votes

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  17. Add SeekController to the Smart Home API (in addition to Video)

    The SeekController interface is currently only available for Video skills, whereas e.g. the PlaybackController interface is available for both Video and Smart Home skills. Saying 'go back 20 seconds' for a movie scene is a clear use of the interface, but this applies just as well to music (e.g. to repeat a guitar riff in a song). It may not be possible with streaming music but it can be done when controlling a media player playing local MP3 files so it would be a useful feature.

    2 votes

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  18. Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices other than the Cube

    Enable Display interface on Fire TV devices

    Currently: Fire TV Cube supports the Display interface. Other Fire TV devices do not currently support the Display interface. It would be nice if they did since it would be a larger market.

    2 votes

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  19. Add "what song is playing?" information to a radio skill

    skills like TuneIn or Spotify, when I command Alexa "what song is playing?", returns me "You're listening to [name] from [author, podcast]. How do I implement this in my radio skill?

    1 vote

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  20. Personalized songs/story with name

    Love to hear few songs in personalized name, for example a very common use case is birthday songs where Alexa can personalize with name of person whose birthday.
    Can be simply implemented with name place holder for few songs where personalization is possible.
    Same concept can be applied for few story books where character name can be personalized to kids name.

    1 vote

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