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. Please add the ability to sort Skills in the new Developer Console by name or by modification date. The old Developer Console sorted by modification date which allowed developers of many Skills to keep better track of their recent changes.

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  2. It would be wonderful to be able to either set a custom duration for a Beta test of a skill, or to be able to renew a Beta skill test pool without all the users having to click through a new link or email.

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  3. When a Skill is running on an Echo Show device with a longer text, I want to tap on it to scroll down. When I do this, the Alexa voice stops and the Skill is closed after around 8 to 10 seconds. I also get send to the intro screen.

    I would suggest a solution to just pause Alexas voice on the first tap and start it again on the second tap. This will be a much higher user experience.

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  4. Hey,

    I don't understand why APL is not available on smartphones. Smartphones are able to display simple cards but not to show APL-rendered screens. I understand the difficulty of different screen sizes here but it would be really cool if you could implment APL in your Alexa-App (especially for testing).

    18 votes

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  5. I'm working on an IoT Industrial use case for which I need an "open" response window to communicate with the Alexa service. For a successful proof-of-concept, a user needs to remain focused on the task at hand, while Alexa responds to voice cues in the background to drive IoT devices. The 8-second user response limit is unusable in this scenario.

    18 votes

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  6. If you begin a podcast on one device, then stop it there, move to a different device, it would be really great if you had the ability to resume exactly where you left off, as well as being able to fast forward or rewind in the podcast.

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  7. When you want to use your employer's brand name as your invocation name, that name is often not a normal English word. This means that the Alexa voice service often can't understand it and the skill can't be triggered.

    A workaround is to write a nonsense word that the Alexa voice service can parse as something that sounds like the brand name, but this is not guaranteed to work.

    It would be incredibly useful if the invocation name could contain phonetic markup like responses can.

    18 votes

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  8. While developing alexa skill I have to use 2 different portals (aws console and dev portal). Would be more convenient if I just had one

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  9. The ability for Alexa to use outside temperature as an alarm trigger. "Alexa notify me if the outside temperature is under 72 degrees." A better implementation for Alexa's with a skill like Weather Bug would be "Alexa notify me if the outdoor temperature is [over/under] the indoor temperature." and the perfect implementation would be a standing command to notify me whenever the indoor & outdoor temps transition past each other.

    17 votes

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

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  11. Currently, on Smart Home Skills it is not possible to retrieve the PowerState info through the voice; the only information I noticed that can be retrieved seems to be the status for smart locks and the temperature/setpoint for thermostats...
    The power state probably represents one of the most used interfaces for smart devices, and its status retrieval would be very useful for the user: in my opinion it's very limiting to interact by using the voice with a device without knowing if it is powered on or off.

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  12. Enable a skill to adjust the volume

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  13. "STOP" and "PAUSE" have two very distinct meanings:

    "STOP": cause (an action, process, or event) to come to an end.
    "PAUSE": a temporary stop in action or speech.
    Different words, different meanings.

    Unfortunately, AudioPlayer confuses the two, and even the documentation warns that

    "when your skill is not in an active session but is playing audio, or was the skill most recently playing audio, utterances such as 'stop' send your skill an AMAZON.PauseIntent instead of an AMAZON.StopIntent."

    This creates a poor user experience, and it doesn't take long to find at least 30 questions, requests relating to this.

    For example,…

    17 votes

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  14. Right now, in the test tab for a given skill in the developer console, there's an option to provide some SSML text and hear how Alexa would convert that to speech. This utility uses no contextual information about the skill itself, and there's really no reason at all that it needs to be stuck behind a login gate, other than for the purpose of possibly thwarting abuse of said functionality.

    As a developer, I would like the ability to provide this same functionality to my users on a public website I run or to my collaborators in a private tool…

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  15. Create a command history. It would be nice that when you hover into the input for typing messages to alexa if you hit the up arrow it will bring you your latest command, a similar feature that you can find in the mac terminal

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  16. Adding the ability to specify a font color in addition to the existing font size would be very helpful. I was developing a test skill for my company an on the prompt I used the company logo as a background image. Unfortunately the logo is on a field of white and the text was invisible since the display font is white with no option to change it. I naively assumed I could put a rich text option <font color="black"> into the text but discovered there is no such option. Just the size. Color setting would be very useful for Cards,…

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  17. User should be able to dismiss an upcoming recurring alarm without removing the whole series.

    E.g. I have an alarm set at 9:00 am everyday. I wake up at 8:40 am in a particular day. The only way to prevent it from ringing at 9 am is to completely disable the series through the application, and then enable it again after 9 am, or remove the series completely by voice and then set up the series again after 9 am.

    This is a very basic feature that every single user misses.

    Thanks,

    Fernando

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  18. You can't use the API outside of a website with the current model. Ex: would like to run Lambda function to update a skill model and then submit for cert. You can't authenticate to use the API in this context.

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  19. I want to create some skills that could aromatically invoke Alexa to return some notifications upon satisfying certain criterion like meeting certain conditions or at certain time period. So, I want Alexa Team to make such a feature so that developers can use it.
    For example :There is a notification message which you want Alexa to automatically read out by getting automatically invoked at a certain time upon satisfying certain condition.

    Please, create such a feature and for any quwriqu regarding this idea please follow back.

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  20. I was surprised to find that there is no official Docker image for development with the ASK CLI. The "amazon" user on Docker Hub contains only a couple images for working specifically with ECS and Elastic Beanstalk, and there does not appear to be any official "alexa" user. Upon further investigation, I found the aws-codebuild-docker-images repo in the "aws" GitHub organization, but unfortunately it does not have any sample Dockerfiles that install the ASK CLI either. There are similar issues open at the AWS CLI repo, because there is no official Amazon Docker image for the AWS CLI either, so…

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