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. Create widget to access alexa lists

    Would like to widget on home screen to access lists

    17 votes

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    Received  ·  1 comment  ·  Alexa App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Enable custom slot validation for multi-turn dialogs when using manual delegation to provide a default.

    The use case is described in the docs here: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/custom-skills/delegate-dialog-to-alexa.html#default-value-example

    The exception being that I'm using a custom slot with validation (entity resolution). If I send a response back with Dialog.Delegate and include the entity resolution in that response, it's ignored by the Alexa service.

    A more complete description of the issue with example code can be found here: https://github.com/alexa/alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-python/issues/85

    17 votes

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    Received  ·  4 comments  ·  Skill Dialog Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Retrieve the PowerState info through the voice

    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.

    17 votes

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  4. APL Support for smartphones

    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).

    17 votes

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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Multimodal / Visual Cards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Make SSML test tool available outside of developer console

    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…

    17 votes

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    Received  ·  0 comments  ·  Text To Speech (TTS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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

    17 votes

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  7. Dismiss an upcoming recurring alarm without removing the whole series

    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

    17 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Reminders / Timers / Alarms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. remove the oauth requirement for SMAPI

    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.

    17 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Skill Management API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Thanks a lot for submitting this request. Your request has been received.

  9. Alexa’s whisper for routines

    Many Alexa users experience the issue of wanting Alexa to whisper on a routine, especially for use of an alarm at night or in the morning. The issue is that many of us wake up even hours before the next person in the house has to wake up, so we can’t use Alexa as the alarm because she has a habit of screaming out her words on routines when you want her to just whisper. It would be great to see the addition of “Alexa whisper” under “device settings” when creating a routine, so that anything Alexa says during the…

    16 votes

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    Received  ·  3 comments  ·  Routines  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. If then else, variables, and subroutines

    When a routine is triggered (e.g. motion detected) i would like to be able to run one of multiple possible routines (sub routines) depending on variable i could set in others.

    For example i run a routine when i go to bed that turns off my lights and plays soft music for an hour. I would like to be able to also set the variable $inbed = true and then in my motion detected routine have if $inbed then table light on else all lights on and then my wake up/alarm routine can set $in_bed = false as…

    16 votes

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  11. Support percentage for volume

    Currently, I can't say "Alexa, set volume to 50%". I get the response "Sorry, you can only set the volume between 1 & 10". This is small change, but I think much more intuitive for users.

    16 votes

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  12. Allow skills to change volume on device

    Enable a skill to adjust the volume

    16 votes

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  13. Provide Official ASK CLI Docker Image

    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…

    16 votes

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    Received  ·  3 comments  ·  ASK SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  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…

    16 votes

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  15. 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,…

    16 votes

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  16. Support for Font Color in places where Font Size is Supported

    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,…

    16 votes

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  17. 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

    16 votes

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  18. When Alexa app will be officially available in Switzerland?

    When Alexa will be officially available in switzerland?

    15 votes

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  19. APL - Don't stop skill when a user interacts with components

    Presenting an APL document that includes components such as a ScrollView, for example, invites the user to interact with that component. Unfortunately, as soon as the user touches the screen, the skill stops. If Alexa was speaking, she abruptly stops speaking. If the user does nothing more, the skill comes to an end and the user is kicked out. This is a horrible experience.

    Add the ability, for developers to present either certain components that won't interrupt the skill, or a full document that won't react to touch.

    15 votes

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  20. Provide programmatic access to device wake word

    Allow skill builders to reference the wake word for a device when sending responses back from a skill.

    This would allow skill builders the ability to include precise instructions for how to use the skill or Alexa 1p functionality to their customers.

    15 votes

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