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. Persist more than 24kb of data between intents in a session

    I'm getting intent failures with no corresponding error messages in logs (using alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-nodejs and Lambda).

    In troubleshooting, it looks like I may be exceeding the max allowed size of the JSON Response object. I see from the docs that the total size of your response cannot exceed 24 kilobytes.

    I'm using session attributes to store data I need, and in some circumstances that data is larger than 24kb. The same documentation as referenced above says: When returning your response, you can include data you need to persist during the session in the sessionAttributes property. The attributes you provide are then…

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  2. Add "fast forward" and "rewind" to the skill that plays podcasts

    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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  3. Allow changing of invocation name

    Please allow changing/modification of invocation names.

    Having to resubmit a new skill and losing the old users is not really acceptable. We should be allowed to be able to change/tweak the invocation name for various reasons:


    • Invocation name is not responding correctly (despite successful testing).

    • Change of company/business name

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  4. Need Alexa to provide a USERID back to skill.

    Once a Voice Profile is completed, a Skill should know WHO initiated the skill and give that data back to the skill so reports can now dilineate WHO initiated the skill...

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  5. Add Social Media account linking in the Alexa App for all skills to use

    Allow users to link their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) in the Alexa App itself. Then allow skills to query which accounts are linked and request permission to use those links, without requiring each skill to perform account linking separately (and perhaps not even exposing the account details to the skill, for greater privacy!).

    This would allow a skill to request permission to post to Facebook, for example, to share their new high score. The skill would request this permission at the time of the interaction, and the approval would be delegated to Amazon's built-in handling (to make…

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  6. Alexa app cards in the console

    When the Echo Show display option is unchecked, you should integrate Alexa app cards if developers send it. Even if you don't want to display cards, you should at least treat the console as a non-screen device allowing devs to see cards property in the output JSON when echo screen is disabled

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  7. Provide "Copy to (locale)" option in the developer console

    Right now the process of adding a new language to an existing skill in the developer console is tedious, especially when the data for those languages is exactly identical.

    For example, right now, the process for manually copying things on the Publishing Information tab (Launch tab on the new console) alone involves tabbing back and forth 12 different times between the two languages to copy the text from the six different fields. For an English language skill being released worldwide, that process has to be done 4 times (and that's only going to grow).

    Making things worse, in the new…

    15 votes
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  8. Allow STOP to be issued to AudioPlayer in addition to PAUSE

    "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,…

    14 votes
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  9. Smart Home Skill Api For Curtains/Drapes

    Hi Team,

    Currently In Alexa Smart Home Skill there is no Api to control Drapes/Curtains.
    For Example:
    Alexa,open Living Room Curtain
    Alexa,close Living Room Curtain

    It will be very useful if Smart Home team implement this feature specially for Hotel Automation and also smart home automation.

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  10. Allow phonetic markup in invocation names

    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.

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  11. Add Command history to text input

    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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  12. Slot type "number" with leading zero

    Need a "number" that supports leading zero's. So when a user enters "012" it reads back "zero one two". The current number type reads back "twelve".

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  13. Add the ability to extend Beta skill test beyond 90 days

    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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  14. Allow new skill session after audio stream has completed

    Currently if a user streams audio via the skill there is no friendly way to get back to the skill without the user saying an invocation command.

    I'd propose a way to allow a skill to open a new session, allowing speechOutput after the PlaybackNearlyFinished or PlaybackFinished events occur in the AudioPlayer interface.

    There are a couple use-cases for this:

    1) A podcast skill where it would be beneficially to ask the user if they'd like to listen to the next episode.
    2) Give some information about the next episode before it begins to play
    3) Provide a purchase opportunity…

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  15. Unique device ID for each Alexa device needed

    We have a use case to put Alexa devices into many rooms and write custom Alexa skills to serve different responses and perform database updates based on which room they are in. As a result, we need to uniquely identify each Alexa in order to identify the room. We have look into various work around:
    1) use "context:System:device:deviceId" which is specific to each skills and changes when the skills disable/enable.
    2) use different userid to identify different Alexa but this would mean having many user accounts if the deployment is big
    3) when Skill detects unknown "context:System:device:deviceId", expect user to…

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  16. Record Audio files with intents

    Would be great to be able to record & handle audio files with Alexa.

    For example: "Alexa, start recording", recording.... "Alexa, stop recording" & then we developers would get an audio file of that. That would be a great feature & would give a lot of opportunities for new apps.

    Keep voting this up :)

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  17. Flash Briefing: add video support

    I have some Flash Briefings for local news. The news providers are creating video, and then ripping the audio out for the Flash Briefing version. It would be great to be able to use the video in the Echo Show.

    Bonus points for using the video asset for the audio / non-video Echo devices.

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  18. automatic skill endpoint switching when the development skill goes live

    Add automatic skill endpoint switching when the development skill goes live.

    It will be great to have the possibility to make Live version work with lambda.arn:PROD and Development with lambda.arn:$LATEST aliases. Every time when I want to update my skill I need to do back and forth switching.

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  19. ask-cli: ask init doesn't work with Opera browser

    Right now, the account linking portion (using --no-browser) does not work in the Opera browser.

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  20. Beta Testing retain testers' email

    It would be great if the new console's beta testing retained tester emails when beta testing ended, just like the old console's beta testing page.

    For example in the old view, when a skill ended either manually or automatically and I tried started it up, previous tester email addresses would prepopulate.

    It would be great if we can have this feature within the new console's beta testing page because it made it easier to relaunch without having to find who the old testers were and copying and pasting them in.

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