2022.12: It does matter! – Residence Assistant

Residence Assistant Core 2022.12! 🎄

Already the final launch of the 12 months, proper on time to convey you some cool
new options to work with through the upcoming Holidays!

2022 has been a unbelievable 12 months for the Residence Assistant undertaking. We turned
one of many world’s largest and fastest-growing GitHub open source projects! ❤️ Tons of latest options every month, and never simply that,
we matured quite a bit! Every part turned extra steady and quicker, and
the UX made leaps forwards as nicely!

We regarded again at 2022 through the State of the Open Home,
and sneak peaked at 2023, with some nice new UI ideas
and: The 12 months of the voice! 🗣️ Missed it?
The full video is available on YouTube.

However! The 12 months isn’t over but! This launch actually Issues! We’re thrilled to
be one of many first on the planet to roll out Matter help to the general public! 🎉

No Matter gadgets but? Don’t fear! There are tons of issues on this launch
that may maintain you busy. The Tile card bought “options”! Now you can prolong
your Bluetooth vary utilizing Shelly gadgets, and a long-requested function lands:
Native Calendar. 🤩

For 2022, that is it! Thanks for becoming a member of our group. Thanks for
sharing, serving to out, contributing, creating YouTube movies, weblog articles,
and podcasts.

Thanks for utilizing Residence Assistant! ❤️

Comfortable holidays and for the final time in 2022: Benefit from the launch!


Don’t neglect to join our release party live stream on YouTube at present at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CET!

It does Matter!

Does it Matter? Yes, Home Assistant does Matter!

Matter is a new smart home interoperability standard, an open-source protocol,
that defines how devices can communicate and work together. Read more about
Matter in this
comprehensive write-up from The Verge.

In the present day we launch the primary iteration of the Matter integration for Residence
Assistant. It’s a huge and necessary basis that’s most likely greatest described
as “alpha” or perhaps even a “developer preview” — permitting anybody to assist
and leap in on the Matter growth. For the primary launch,
we predict that could be a nice begin!

At this level, Matter-enabled merchandise aren’t (but) usually accessible.
Nonetheless, if you may get a Matter-certified product, it may be commissioned!

A screenshot of a Matter device showing up in Home Assistant
A Matter gadget built-in with Residence Assistant.

Including Matter gadgets (commissioning) could be performed utilizing our iOS and Android
Residence Assistant Companion apps. Including help for this to our apps is being
labored on and can grow to be accessible within the upcoming weeks. The Android Companion
app supporting Matter, is at the moment accessible for beta testing.

? We’ve got made extra particulars accessible in our documentation.

Tile card will get options

Within the final launch, we introduced the Tile card.
Today we extend the Tile card by adding support for “features”.

For the Tile card, “features” are additional extras that can be added to a Tile
card. For example, they can provide additional controls or information for
the entity the Tile card displays.

Screenshot showing the new features that can be added to tile cards

Multiple usable Tile features have been added:

  • Command buttons for vacuum cleaners
  • Brightness slider for lights
  • Controls for opening/closing and tilting covers

Checkout the documentation for more information about Tile features

But that is not all! The Tile card also got colors! 🎨

Based on the entity’s state, the card will get different colors. This color
provides an additional visual indication of the entity’s state.

Screenshot showing the new state colors provided by the Tile card

Shiny new state colors!

Those lovely new state colors added to the Tile card, as shown above, are not
just added to the tile card. This same color logic has now also been applied to
the state history and the logbook!

Screenshot showing the new state colors in history and logbooks

Previously, these colors would be random. Now they are predictable, recognizable
and, above all: just look a lot better 🤩

This same experience will also be visible on the dedicated Logbook and History
pages of course.

Local calendar

This is one of the longer outstanding and bigger requested features
of Home Assistant: A local calendar!

Building a calendar isn’t easy, but Allen Porter did it! And it isn’t
only a calendar with dates and descriptions… oh no! Allen went all in!

Screenshot adding an event to the local calendar

We now have a full blown, native, built-in calendar, which may do all-day occasion
or recurring ones tuned to your liking. Even a number of totally different native calendars
are supported!

Screenshot adding recurring events to the local calendar

Bluetooth proxy utilizing Shelly gadgets

Within the September launch, we introduced Bluetooth everywhere,
by adding Bluetooth proxy support, allowing any ESPHome device in your home
to relay Bluetooth traffic across your home.

This release adds support for using Shelly devices as a remote Bluetooth
adapter as well!

It works with all second-generation Shelly devices that use firmware 12.0 or
later. Those are able to provide Bluetooth advertisements to Home Assistant’s
Bluetooth integration.

This can greatly help with extending the range of your Bluetooth network to
help with things like Bluetooth temperature or plant sensors in your home.

In other Bluetooth news: The performance of Bluetooth has, again, been improved
this release, and the memory usage should be lower. Always good!

New entity: text

Say hello to a new entity: text! The text entity is very similar to the
Text helper (also known as input_text).

The difference is that the helper is configured and managed by you, while the
new text entities are provided by integrations. This means integration can now
provide entities that ask for a textual input in the UI.

Screenshot a text entity

The first integrations that can now provide text entities as of this release are

Summing entities without templates

Let’s say you have two numeric sensor entities, and you like to have an
entity that shows the sum of those two; how would you do that? Creating a
template entity, right? Nope! 😁

You can now create a new helper entity that sums the values of two (or more)
sensor entities into a brand-new entity.

When creating a new helper, select “Combine the state of several sensors”,
pick the sensor you’d like to sum, and select “Sum” for the statistic
characteristic. Voila!

Screenshot showing you can now combine and sum up multiple sensor entities

You may need observed that this seems just like the “Min/Max” helper. True!
We’ve got renamed “Min/Max” to “Mix the state of a number of sensors”,
to make it extra descriptive because it will get extra options.

Other noteworthy changes

There is much more juice in this release; here are some of the other
noteworthy changes this release:

  • You can now set your country and default language Home Assistant should use
    in the
    general settings. These new choices enable
    Residence Assistant to contemplate these in future options.
  • Utilizing Twinkly in your Christmas tree? 🎄 Now you can management the consequences!
    Proper on time! Thanks, @Olen!
  • MQTT reached the gold stage on the combination high quality scale! Good work @jbouwh!
    However that’s not all; it now helps MQTT v5 and WebSocket connections too!
  • NO2 and VOC sensor entities at the moment are working with HomeKit. Thanks, @stackia!
  • Shelly is now a platinum integration! Thanks, @thecode, @bieniu,
    and @chemelli74 in your arduous work on this integration 🥇
  • ZHA now helps the brand new Aqara c1 pet feeder. Thanks @dmulcahey for
    including it, and thanks @kirovilya determining the communication!
  • The humidifier card, now has on/off controls. Thanks, @Shulyaka
  • Amazon Alexa now helps humidifiers. Thanks, @jbouwh!
  • BTHome model 2 has been launched and Residence Assistant now helps it!
    Thanks, @Ernst79!
  • Slack now has a Do Not Disturb sensor you could possibly automate on. Thanks, @tkdrob!
  • Assist for IP-Safe routing has been added to KNX. Thanks, @farmio!
  • Are you utilizing Picnic in your groceries? Now you can add merchandise to your
    order straight from Residence Assistant. Thanks, @corneyl!

New Integrations

We welcome the next new integrations on this launch:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI:

Release 2022.12.1 – December 8

Release 2022.12.2 – December 11

Release 2022.12.3 – December 11

Release 2022.12.4 – December 12

Release 2022.12.5 – December 13

Need help? Join the community!

Home Assistant has a great community of users who are all more than willing
to help each other out. So, join us!

Our very active Discord chat server is an excellent place to be
at, and don’t forget to join our amazing

Discovered a bug or difficulty? Please report it in our issue tracker,
to get it fastened! Or, test our assist web page for steerage for extra
locations you’ll be able to go.

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to get the most recent information about options, issues taking place in our group and
different information about constructing an Open Residence; straight into your inbox.

Breaking Changes

If you’re a customized integration or theme developer and need to find out about
breaking adjustments and new options accessible in your integration: Be sure you
observe our developer blog.
The next are essentially the most notable for this launch:

Farewell to the next

The next integrations are additionally not accessible as of this launch:

  • Google Chat has been eliminated. It relied on the Google Hangouts APIs,
    which have been shut down, rendering the combination unusable.

All adjustments

After all, there’s much more on this launch. Yow will discover a listing of
all adjustments made right here:
Full changelog for Residence Assistant Core 2022.12