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. Have Alexa pause when user needs time to think about a response/answer.

    User can say: "wait" or "pause" or "one sec"
    System will flash orange ring until user says: "OK"

    Conversation flow resumes.

    424 votes

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  2. Expanding the current implementation of Push would unlock a massive developer opportunity. Please allow devs to build and users to select skills that can speak without the user initiating the conversation. If a skill gets annoying they can turn it off.

    314 votes

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  3. Ability to transfer a skill from my account to a client's account.

    112 votes

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  4. I would like my skill to be able to listen for specific responses, i.e. make Alexa bias towards utterances of one or multiple intents that I specify in the skill's response, for the next user input.

    For example, let's say my skill has a CityIntent which has utterances:

    • I live in {city}
    • It is {city}
    • {city}

    And my skill has another MovieIntent which has utterances:

    • I like {movieType}
    • I prefer {movieType}
    • {movieType}

    And at certain times my skill may also expect {yes/no} answer from user.

    Since {city} and {movieType} have different value, Alexa usually does a good job of figuring…

    83 votes

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  5. Currently, Suppressed or inactive skills remain in developer accounts and create Clutter.

    Allow for Developers to manage and maintain their developer accounts for organization and clarity.

    Additionally a suppressed skill in a developer account still shows as "LIVE" which is in accurate this should be adjusted immediately.

    50 votes

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  6. Enable developer access to the Show/Spot/Look camera for both taking a picture or capturing video - bonus: easy integration with AWS Rekognition in ASK would be ideal.

    32 votes

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  7. The Alexa Voice Profiles feature released recently is a great and awesome feature to have. Can you please have API for Alexa Voice Profiles so that we can use it in our Skills to perform a certain action based on the voice of the user and also customize response per user.

    28 votes

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  8. Say I've got an Alexa device in my guest room. It would be great if there was a kind of "guest mode" which I could use to apply certain (customizable) restrictions to features like:

    • Skill invocation
    • Smart Home
    • Playing music
    • Shopping​​
    22 votes

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  9. I want skill to be able to speak wake word, from device settings word.

    Use case is skill help message.

    Implement with SSML.
    exsample...
    New ssml tag is 'amazon:wakeword'
    <speak>To stop skill, please say <amazon:wakeword name='device'/> Stop.</speak>

    10 votes

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  10. Allow the adding of some kind of "anti-trigger" that will stop Alexa waking itself when the invocation word is mentioned in a podcast, or SSML audio. And/or, allow a flag that will reduce sensitivity to the wake-word during a particular piece of audio, using the mic array to detect whether the wake word was generated internally or externally.

    I know that there is an unofficial theory that self-invocation can be lessened by boosting / cutting certain frequencies around the actual wake-word, but this isn't always practical where third-party audio is involved.

    10 votes

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  11. When you request Alexa to sing a song she will but there are no SSML tags to allow developers to request this using code

    9 votes

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  12. Have multiple invocation name for a single skill

    7 votes

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  13. I would like to have an option to add custom information on the Echo Show or Spot home screen.

    For example, i developed a Webcam Skill and i want my Echo Show/Spot to show it without asking for.

    7 votes

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  14. Automatic Skill Activation

    This is really a must for Alexa to have scheduled skill invocation without voice command ... please make it happen!

    7 votes

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  15. I'd very much like my son (11 yrs) to be able to communicate w/Alexa.
    He's not an Eng as a mother tongue (native) speaker, as am I ;-)
    Regrettably, his command of the English lang is as a 3-4 yrs.
    I'd like that Alexa would:
    1) Speak A Lot (!) Slower?
    2) Reply A Lot (!) more accessible ("lower" English "level")?

    6 votes

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  16. Developer Support Contact Us link that shows the message history and current status of opened tickets.

    Right now the only options are to post in the Alexa Skills Forum or submit a contact us ticket here.

    https://developer.amazon.com/support/contact-us?caseID=XXXXXX

    Creating a portal where a user can check the status of their tickets would help reduce the number of duplicate submissions, less work connecting the tickets to each other.

    I'd also recommend that the public can't view the ticket's message history and status unless they are logged in with valid permissions, so skill-Id's and details about IP won't be shared to the general…

    6 votes

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  17. Looking for a native way to send commands to my Windows PC so I can control my PC via Echo Dot. I asked the question on forum initially: https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/198845/my-windows-computer-to-act-as-alexa-gadget.html

    The first use case for the annoying issue would be to mute PC music (speakers) when Alexa wakes up...this way I can command her (else she hears other audio and doesn't understand).

    Other nice feature would be to turn on/off my monitors, control volume, start programs,...

    5 votes

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  18. Lets let Alexa for Business users assign a single skill which can be invoked via Echo button.

    These use cases are:

    * Retail for product display information
    * Museum Exhibits
    * Information Kiosks
    * Logistical scenarios where the Alexa device cannot be in physical contact with the end user.
    * Especially critical for high noise environments such as where many people are already speaking ie, inside a visitor center location.

    The device id already is distinguished inside the setup of AFB and skills can selectively supply information *as appropriate

    5 votes

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  19. In follow up mode, Alexa continues to listen for a while after the skill closed (session is ended) and detects if there's a relevant follow up request for the user. This is designed to relieve the user from having to say, "Alexa....."

    It's logical to assume that if the user makes a request in follow-up mode that can be handled by the previous skill (e.g., they ask for another stock price fact after having just used 'my great stock price skill', they would expect that skill to return the response.

    This is not how it works now. Even the the…

    5 votes

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  20. On March 2nd there was a system-wide Alexa outage, taking down the ability to use the voice assistant, as well as the ability to use the developer console.

    For many of us in the development community, this appeared at first to be an issue with our skills, so we ended up getting spun up in troubleshooting mode.

    As a developer, I would like the ability to check the overall health of the Alexa components that I am dependent upon.

    AWS does a great job of this exact thing, and could serve as a model: https://status.aws.amazon.com/

    5 votes

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