Rohan and Phil talk 0.69 and the billing changes with Google Maps, then Isabella joins to talk Home Assistant
  • 0.69
      • New Features
        • Foundation for User support!
        • Domain name expiry sensor
        • Xiaomi Mijia Bluetooth Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor (different to the Zigbee one)
        • Social Blade Sensor – For getting stats about a YouTube channel
        • PostNL – Dutch Postal Service
        • Fan Templates
        • Matrix Chatbot
      • Breaking Changes
        • The Matrix notification platform now depends on the the new Matrix component. Please see the documentation for how to configure the Matrix component
        • RainMachine has been moved a Component/hub model. Will need to update your configs if you’re using Rainmachine
        • Sonos: The media_player.sonos attribute is_coordinator has been removed; the new attribute sonos_group (listing all group members, coordinator first) can be used instead.
        • has added attributes. This will cause entity IDs to change in this release.
        • HomeaticIP now requires a name attribute. State attributes for sensors have been removed. The additional sensor to show the state of all found components has also been removed.
        • System log will no longer fire events by default. Shouldn’t affect many people, but incase you’re wondering why your logs are better, this is why.
        • Changes for custom components.  It’s temporarily not possible to override scene or automation platforms unless they have the same config format as existing platform. (This was reverted in a beta pull request)
        • HomeKit – Device class parameter is now required for Humidity sensors.
        • There’s a new “sensor device class”. Similar to the device classes for binary sensors (doors, windows, flood sensors etc) normal sensors can now have device classes.The first type of device class for sensors is illuminance. Which measures light levels. However for consistency there are changes to the sensor unit lux has been replaced with lx for consistency. That covers the following sensor platforms: homematic, isy994, miflora, mysensors, tahoma, vera and template sensors. To add light sensors for the HomeKit component the device_class changed to illuminance.
      • Other noteworthy features
  • Chat with Isabella

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Phil Hawthorne

Phil is a Melbourne based web developer who lives and breathes technology. When he's not at his day job, he’s in his home office attempting to simplify his life through complicated tech.

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Rohan Karamandi

Rohan from Toronto, Canada works in the Technology sector as an architect designing network and datacenter solutions for his customers. His passion for technology stems from there and extends to IoT and home automation

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Isabella Gross Alström

Isabella is a Home Assistant user, general home automation tinkerer and web developer from Stockholm Sweden.

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