New Name for Home Assistant
Announced a couple of weeks ago, Home Assistant will be renaming some moving parts to help make it easier for new users to understand what they are installing.
- Hass.IO is now called Home Assistant
Hass.IO is the all-in-one system that can run addons completely managed through the interface.
- Home Assistant is now called Home Assistant Core
If you’ve manually installed Home Assistant yourself, either through Docker or perhaps a Python pip install, you’re now running Home Assistant Core.
- UI changes for the configuration area
The configuration area has a lot of love added. Including a brand new zone editor
- Sighthound Integration
Sighthound offers a cloud API for developers to scan images for objects. Using this new integration, Home Assistant can send an image to the Sighthound API and Home Assistant will have a sensor value with the number of people detected in the image.
- Gammu Local SMS Notifications
If you have a local USB GSM modem, you can have Home Assistant send SMS notifications without an active internet connection.
- Template Alarm Panel
Allows you to create an alarm panel using template values. Great if you want to create an alarm panel in Home Assistant, and you don’t have a security system or MQTT.
- Samsung TV has moved to a config flow
Config options for mac address and broadcast address have been removed, with a new turn on action method added.
- Spotify integration re-written
Spotify play playlist service has been removed, and you should update your configuration before upgrading.
- Hide Entity option against automations
Now that we have Lovelace, automations no longer need the hide entity attribute. Be sure to start removing these from your automations if you’re using them.
- Group Services for the States UI
Some services and options, like the group.set_visibility service have now been deprecated.
- Weblink Component
The weblink component has been deprecated as it doesn’t work with Lovelace.
- Hide if away in Device Tracker
This option will be removed in 0.107. Be sure it is removed from your known_devices YAML file as well.
- History Graph Integration
The history graph integration has been removed. A lovelace compatible replacement would be the mini graph card.
Other Noteworthy Updates
- Doorbird Events now added to the Home Assistant logs
- Various updates for MaryTTS
MaryTTS is a locally hosted text to speech service. As of 0.105, you can also include effects when generating text to speech.
Discussion with John
I am a solar contractor and educator who has gotten into Home Assistant for energy controls. I use HA to take advantage of my utility's time-of-day rate structure, and have a unique construction-side perspective for HA installs, which I am developing over at levll.com (pronounced Level).Website