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. Give the time in Routines

    Presently we are able to get the News, Weather, or Traffic in a Routine. But right now we can’t get a simple time-stamp in a Routine. It would be nice if I could verbally trigger a Bedtime Routine that adjusted lights, temperature, and said “It’s 11:23pm. Good night!” It would seem rather simple to add this capability; wouldn’t seem any more difficult than News, Weather, or Traffic.

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  2. DialogDirectives and DisplayTemplate in the same "turn"

    I would like to use Dialog Directives and Rendering via a Display Template in the same "turn". Right now, we are only able to use diasplat cards ("CofirmIntentWithCard"...)

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  3. 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.

    13 votes
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  4. 30 second audio / video preview of skill

    To help users decide whether a skill should be used it would be great to have a 30 second audio clip with a promo / preview of a skill.

    Similar to how the app store has videos or images of apps the user can listen before committing to enabling or invoking the skill.

    These clips would surface in three places:


    1. On the skills directory page in the Alexa App

    2. On the skills directory page in the amazon website

    3. As an option to listen to when Alexa recommends a skill

    The audio clip would be uploaded / submitted during the submission…

    12 votes
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  5. Provide barge-in flag on request

    As a developer, I would like a field on an incoming intent request payload that tells me whether that request was the result of a barge-in or not.

    Rationale:
    Today, there is no way to know whether an incoming intent in a live session was the result of the user completely listening to the previous response, or the result of the user doing a barge-in by invoking their wake word. There are several use cases where this information would be useful, but the two most important are:


    1. If you were giving instructions to your user at the end of your…
    12 votes
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  6. Be able to view analytics on a blueprint skill

    I have a flash briefing skill that I made in blueprints and i'm not able to view any analytics on that said skill. So for the last 2 weeks, I've been updating my flash briefing but I still don't know if anyone subscribed to my skill or even listening. I would love to be able to see how many subscribers I have or any engagements. Thank you

    12 votes
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  7. Developer Page/Profile in Alexa Skill Store

    It would be great to have a "Developer page" in the skill store, like a profile that lists all skills that this developer has published.

    I.e. make the name of the developer clickable in the skill store and show all skills that this person/company has published.

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  8. Alexa Routines to have a "Post HTTP" option for simple automation.

    Simple voice control of DIY devices could be achieved if the Routines section of the Alexa App had an option to do an HTTP POST.

    eg/ I have a home-made lamp (based on an ESP8266) which I currently control using a custom skill that drops the JSON payload to a Linux server which interprets it then does a HTTP POST to the lamp's URL with the required mode as a parameter. ("mode=candles"/"mode=off"/"mode=purple"...etc)

    I could (and other hobbiests and educators could) much more easily have implemented this with an Alexa Routine identified by "make it candle time" with a line in…

    12 votes
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  9. Alexa auto Invoke to read Notification

    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.

    12 votes
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  10. Allow skills to bind to a custom wake word.

    Allow users or to configure wake words to use a specific skill as the context.

    Probably best to use the skills installed as the wake word and have a finite list of currently active wake words.

    Alexa, ask Lyft how much a Lyft Plus from home to work
    becomes
    Lyft how much is a Lyft Plus from home to work

    12 votes
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  11. Autosave please!

    Please auto save! I've lost many edits on the older-version of this tool due to the lack of autosave. :)

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    Thank you for submitting an Alexa feature request. Your request has been received.

  12. 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

    11 votes
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  13. When Alexa app will be officially available in Switzerland?

    When Alexa will be officially available in switzerland?

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  14. 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.

    11 votes
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  15. Stateful interaction model

    Imagine a situation. I have a simple game, which uses states. One state is initial, another one is game state and the last one is the end game state.

    I have x amount of intents which are: launch, answer, pass a question, players amount, stop, yes and no intents. I know that these are not all of the required intents, but I want to keep this example short.

    Lets say player launches the game. At this state I want user to say how many players he wants to play with. But because game answer intent has a lot of answers…

    11 votes
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  16. Multiple Audio Streams For Skills

    This would enable music, dialogue, sfx and background ambiences to start and stop independently and play simultaneously at runtime.

    Ideally, some form of looping/ crossfading/ blocking/ ducking would be natively supported as well, though this could potentially be handled on the server or client side if the audio stream was able to be left open at great length.

    Some form of this is already built into the Alexa stack as can be observed when Alexa interrupts music being played: In this case music doesn't stop but rather it ducks while TTS audio fires simultaneously.

    Exposing this feature to the Skill…

    11 votes
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  17. Include the skill name in the "beta test complete" notification

    In the notification "Beta test for Alexa skill is complete" please include the respective skill name. We have many skills in development at at any given time and it's really annoying to look through all of them and check which one expired.

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  18. Alexa Smart Home: actual support for devices which are traditionally controlled by up/down or open/close switches

    If you want to add the ability to, for example, control blinds in your smart home skill, the only option you have is the Alexa.PercentageController Interface.
    This leaves you with the option to control your blinds by saying something like: "Alexa, set blinds to sixty". This feels very unnatural in our opinion. Wouldn't it be much more convenient to control such devices by saying: "Alexa, open/close blinds"? An optional "Alexa, stop" utterance could then interrupt the process.

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  19. Support display directives in progressive responses

    Currently, progressive responses only support voice/audio directives. Our skill can often take 5 - 8 seconds to complete its API calls to load up data required by a user's particular request. We would like to send down a display directive in a progressive response, allowing us to show a "splash screen" on Echo Show/Spot/Fire Cube (?) while the user waits for her request to be fulfilled.

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  20. Support for Old Console Style Intents and Utterances

    Allow for the creation and pasting of intent schema and sample utterance in the style of the old console. Provide a box to write sample utterances and intent schema into in the old style.

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