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.

To keep this site purpose-driven and actionable, we moderate requests. Here’s some guidance on how to create great feature requests that can be evaluated by our development teams. For conversation, dialogue or help, you should visit our Alexa forums. We appreciate your input.

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  1. Room awareness enhancement: add popular device types such as Fan, Air Conditioner, Set-top-box and let users change device type to their favorite. Now Alexa app allows changing device type between Light and Switch for some smart plug devices. But it would be great if for any device, users can define it as light, fan, air conditioner or set-top-box... and the room awareness feature will help simplify voice command. Users just can say: turn on the air conditioner, turn on the fan...
    This device-type-changing feature will be very powerful when an infrared/RF universal remote control like Broadlink is connected to alexa.…

    100 votes

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  2. Reviews are one of the major ways people will decide to use your skills. It is also where developers get a lot of feedback or questions regarding their skills. Whilst you can respond to these reviews on the amazon website, it is not visible within the Alexa App for others to see.

    Please allow developers to be able to respond to reviews within the Alexa app. It will provide an easy way to answer any questions and will allow new potential users to see responses by the developer that might otherwise deter them from trying the skill.

    53 votes

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  3. Have widgets to trigger custom or pre-made routines

    Instead of saying "Alexa, turn on my lamp" and waking up my roommate, just tap a widget on my phone's home screen (or on Alexa's app home screen) to run this routine.

    This to be a shortcut to open Alexa's app > menu > Routines > Run

    34 votes

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  4. Being able to launch a bookmark on the Echo Show browsers by voice would bring a whole new functionality to voice interactions on the Echo Show device.

    29 votes

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  5. Allow hiding sensitive information such as PIN codes in the Alexa App history. Capital One is doing this in their skill. Please enable other developers to do this.

    24 votes

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  6. When building routines, would be good to have an option to add a skill instruction and choose to run it as part of a routine.

    23 votes

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  7. Would like to widget on home screen to access lists

    17 votes

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  8. Enable a skill to adjust the volume

    17 votes

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  9. Allow development of custom app with feature compatibility with Alexa Companion App. This can be done through exposing functionality like setting up reminders, routines, address book, calling and messaging through either avs-SDK or expose server APIs.

    This will be particularly useful in Alexa for Business settings.

    14 votes

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  10. When a user disable a smart home skill the devices connected to that skill are remain visible inside the Alexa app.

    The user cannot control them:
    - in the app under each device the misleading error "server is unresponsive" is showed under each device.
    - if controlling via voice the user receives the response: "the skill linked with X is not enabled, please enable the skill to control this device".

    still having the devices showed up is confusing for the user. That has to manually remove all the devices linked to the removed skill manually.

    So my request is to…

    11 votes

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  11. Hi!

    I would like to know if there's any possibility to take a picture with the Alexa Echo Show with my skill. Basically I want to make a facial validation and show some content depending on the user :)

    I'm currently using NodeJS for this purpose.

    10 votes

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  12. Create configurable sub groups within groups to allow users to control a set of devices based on type to better manage large numbers of devices.

    This improves user experience for managing devices in groups (rooms) and groups within rooms. Currently Alexa organises switches and lights separately but you cannot ask alexa to turn off only lights in a room as part of that subgroup

    I cannot ask alexa to turn off 'lounge room lights' without it turning off the switches in the same room/group.

    If we can create and submit commands to devices as part of sub groups, we can…

    9 votes

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  13. Currently you can not create a skill that can be triggered by activity detected by the motion sensor add-on the Amazon Flex supports. Please add this capability and then provide hooks in the AWS SDK to support it.

    8 votes

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  14. Similar to the mobile app store - let skills send updates on the alexa app to users who have enabled the skill and agreed to receive notifications from that skill. Would help so much with feature updates and retention and imo is not very intrusive. users can always opt out.

    7 votes

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  15. Provide an option to disable skill timeout while developing Alexa apps. This would allow code to be debugged from end to end without receiving "The requested skill took too long to respond". It is not currently possible to step through code and review the output in the simulator without sending multiple requests.

    It would be incredibly valuable to allow the timeout to be optional while a skill is being developed.

    5 votes

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  16. My live skill has customers who have multiple Alexa devices and I need to provide them a UI to tie a device with a particular task.

    The problem is in LaunchRequest I get a device ID like this. amzn1.ask.device.AHKJQG7VUA6HX4FMMCRQYRFTTXTZACQAJVH3KRR5MBLNC64UQ7UMWH3FKSYAXMICNCWARKPUAPBOYXFMDZLXYQE5WJL4GMZUJX6S4JBXOE7ZCSKBH3T47C7UZ2W4Q3XPROSWKGANQHSPNRX5GQ5IIUH3VKTQ

    If I show this in a dropdown to the customer to choose from, their brains will explode. Can you not pass us the friendly name of the device like "Ben's bedroom" or "Alice's living"

    4 votes

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  17. With many intents that share baseline handling intents (help,cancel,etc.) it would be nice to be able to define all these at a top level, and have specialized states cascade down. e.g. Define NewSession state with all the default handlers. In a new, specialized state, SpecialState, you only define those intents that are specific to that state, and any non defined events cascade down to NewSession state.

    This would allow more simplified code, as well as the ability to better maintain consistency through out experience.

    4 votes

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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

  18. You should be able to copy text from cards or Alexa responses in the Alexa app, or be able to save out cards and answers to a file.

    3 votes

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  19. Currently users can vote for a skill and give a short review (sometimes with questions, sometimes faulty operations or the rating means another skill). As developer/or user you can answer to this review on amazon.com/de/co.uk etc.
    But it isn't displayed in the Alexa App! Nobody can see it except on the website. But only very few users know that

    3 votes

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  20. I would like to be able to create skills to call users by using external applications as keys instead of waking up words.

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