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2024.2: More voice, more icons, more integrations, more… everything!

House Assistant Core 2024.2! 🥰

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about final yr’s “The Year of the Voice”.
2023 is perhaps over, however we’re positively not performed with voice but! This launch
accommodates some very cool new options for voice.

Not simply that, we’ve additionally launched a voice assistant contest
that you could possibly be a part of, and I’m comfortable to tell you that we’ll have one other voice-related
dwell stream on 21 February 2024, at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CET: Chapter 6!

However there may be extra on this launch moreover voice! There’s drag ’n drop magic for
our automation editor, and now you can replace Zigbee gadgets immediately
from House Assistant. We even have icons in additional locations 🤩, and numerous
new functionalities for Matter gadgets.

Typically, contributions to our open-source undertaking have been wonderful this
month. I’ve by no means seen so many contributed bug fixes, enhancements, and new
options in a single launch. Like… 21 new integrations! That is,
unquestionably, the most important launch we’ve ever put out.
An enormous shout-out to everybody who helped! ❤️

Benefit from the launch!


Oh! And don’t neglect Valentine’s Day is arising! 😘

Don’t neglect to join our release party live stream on YouTube
7 February 2024, at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CET!

Better drag & drop support for automations

Let’s start with some old-fashioned drag ’n drop magic! 🪄

As of this release, dragging and dropping triggers, conditions, and actions in
the automation editor are always enabled. Previously, you had to explicitly
enable re-ordering in the automation editor settings, but now, it is just
always active.

But even more exciting is that you can now drag and drop elements into other
nested elements! For example, you can now drag a condition into
the condition of an if-then or choose action. 🤯

Screen recording showing you can now also drag and drop into nested elements in the automation editor.

Export data from the history dashboard

The following feature might be small, but it is a big deal for many. Home
Assistant stores your data privately and locally; it is your data. To make
this data more accessible, we’ve added a new feature to the history dashboard.

You can now download the data you are viewing in the history dashboard. This
allows you to further analyze the data in, for example, Excel or to visualize
it in other ways.

The button will export and download the data you currently view in the history
dashboard as a
CSV file.

Screenshot showing the new export button in the top right of the history dashboard.

Thanks for this one @balloob!

Improved error responses when using Assist

If you use Assist, our non-public voice assistant, you might have
seen that its responses weren’t significant when one thing was not understood.

Among the errors encountered whereas utilizing Help can simply be fastened in your
facet by including aliases to entities or areas, exposing entities to Help,
or assigning entities and gadgets to the proper areas.

So we’re taking step one that can assist you repair these errors: as of this launch,
Help supplies a lot better errors in case your intention is known,
however one thing else is lacking (An unknown identify, space, machine class, or area).

Screenshot showing the new errors Assist will return in case the intention is understood, but something else is missing.

Custom Assist responses in automations using the sentence trigger

Like almost every other component and feature of Home Assistant, Assist can be
customized and extended to understand more sentences.

A few releases ago, we introduced a very simple way to extend what Assist
understands: The
sentence trigger
in our automation engine.

Up till now, utilizing a sentence set off all the time led to the identical Help response:
“Performed”. In reality, the one technique to outline a customized response was to write down advanced
customized sentences in YAML.

This launch introduces a brand new motion to set a customized response in your
sentence-triggered automations immediately contained in the automation editor.

Screenshot showing how to build a custom response in our automation editor.

The response discipline accepts templates, so it may be used to construct advanced
responses, for instance, itemizing all of your room temperatures.

Screenshot showing a custom response in Assist.

A really cool characteristic that may turn out to be useful in case you construct an automation
blueprint to submit as an entry for our voice assistant contest!

All known Assist devices

Last addition for voice, we’ve added a small additional page to give you an
overview of all the Assist devices you have active in your Home. You can find
this on the
Assist configuration dashboard
by deciding on the brand new “Help gadgets” button.

Screenshot showing a custom response in Assist.

Or, use this My House Assistant button beneath to navigate to the voice assistants
configuration dashboard:

Updating your Zigbee devices

ZHA (Zigbee House Automation, our built-in Zigbee integration)
now supplies replace entities to House Assistant!

This implies you may get notified when a tool has a firmware replace accessible,
and you may set off the replace from House Assistant!

Screenshot showing an Zigbee device connected via ZHA being updated.

Observed the bizarre model numbers? Sadly, that’s how model numbers
within the Zigbee normal work and look. We haven’t found out a technique to translate
them to one thing extra human-readable format that matches what the producer

Presently, it helps updating Inovelli, OSRAM/Ledvance, Sonoff, and
ThirdReality gadgets, and we’re taking a look at including help for extra manufacturers
sooner or later. Remember, Zigbee is a gradual protocol, and firmware updates can
take a very long time (typically hours).

Matter diagnostics and actions

Home Assistant works actively to provide the best support for Matter
gadgets out of the field. To assist with that, we have now added extra info and
controls in your Matter gadgets within the UI.

On the machine web page of the Matter machine in House Assistant, we are going to now present
further diagnostic details about the machine. This info might be
used to troubleshoot points with the machine or when reporting points. Some
examples embrace the community kind the machine makes use of, its addresses, and IDs,
machine sorts and its linked fabrics.

Screenshots showing a matter device in the UI with additional diagnostic information. The other screenshots shows the overflow menu on the device, that provides more actions.

Moreover extra info, it’s also possible to take new actions on the machine.
For instance, ping the machine to verify whether it is accessible, drive a full
machine interview to sync all its info, take away it from one other controller,
and even a brand new button to share your Matter machine from House Assistant with
one other Matter controller.

Screenshots the result of pinging a Matter device and sharing a Matter device with another controller.

Icons everywhere

We completely changed how Home Assistant handles icons under the hood.
A big effort from many people, with almost… no change! That is
right, almost everything looks just the same as before. 😁

We did make some improvements! For example, integrations can now
provide icons for things like fan speeds or thermostat presets. Also,
service call actions can now have their own icon as well:

Screenshots showing that each media player service, now has its own icons matching the action.

Areas now have icons too! You can set them in the area configuration. They show
up in the area selectors and in the area dashboard itself
(in case you didn’t upload a picture).

Screenshots the areas dashboard, with new icons used on each area.

Integrations with authentication issues are now shown in the repairs dashboards

When one of your integrations has authentication issues, Home Assistant
will now report this in the
repairs dashboard.

Beforehand, this was solely seen on the combination dashboard, however now it exhibits
up within the repairs dashboard, as that is the place the place House Assistant reviews
all points along with your system.

Screenshots showing a repair issue being raised for an integration that needs re-authentication.

Revamped Proximity integration

For this release, @mib1185 utterly revamped our Proximity integration.
In case you might be unfamiliar with it, it means that you can monitor the proximity of
individuals to a specific zone. It supplies info on how shut one is
to a zone and if they’re touring in the direction of or away from it.

It’s an especially highly effective device for automations. It means that you can create
automations based mostly on the proximity of individuals. For instance, if you’re inside
a sure vary from your own home and touring in the direction of it, you could possibly use
House Assistant to activate the lights, open the storage door, flip up the heating,
and begin your favourite playlist in the lounge. Welcome house! 🤗

The most effective half? This integration is now accessible to arrange from the UI!
Not simply that, but it surely now makes use of regular sensor entities that we’re all already
conversant in. It will make automating and displaying the info a breeze!

Screenshots of a set up proximity integration, and the proximity of a person moving towards the home zone.

Thanks @mib1185! You probably did an impressive job on this one!

If you’re already utilizing this integration, this alteration will include the
deprecation of the previous entities. See our backwards-incompatible changes
for extra info.

Shipping on a new Python version

This release ships running on Python 3.12! In case you are wondering, what is
that? Well, Python is the programming language Home Assistant is written in.

Why it matters? It provides many improvements to the foundation we are building
Home Assistant on, most notably: It is faster! 🚀

Don’t worry! If you run the Home Assistant Operating System or are using the
Home Assistant Container installation type: You won’t have to do anything, as we
handle the upgrade to Python 3.12 for you. Just upgrade Home Assistant as
you normally would, and you are good to go! 😎

Other noteworthy changes

There are many more improvements in this release; here are some of the other
noteworthy changes this release:

  • @edenhaus improved how we deal with errors in our kind fields. We not
    present the technical coding gibberish that always confirmed up prior to now. Good!
  • Once you change the type of a switch entity to, for instance, a storage door
    entity, you’ll now have the choice to invert its conduct.
    Thanks, @emontnemery!
  • The Ecovacs integration obtained a number of love from @edenhaus and now
    has help for a lot of Deebot vacuum fashions with tons of entities to automate
    with. Good job!
  • @mib1185 added automated cleanups of previous/unused refresh tokens 🧹. This
    means you can be logged out on a tool that hasn’t used House Assistant for
    90 days. Clear and tidy!
  • The Tuya integration can now be arrange immediately utilizing the Tuya Sensible
    or Sensible Life app. No extra want for developer accounts or sophisticated
  • Utilizing the utility meter integration on, for instance, your photo voltaic inverter,
    which turns off at night time? Now you can set the sensor to all the time be accessible,
    even when the supply entity is unavailable. Thanks, @dougiteixeira!
  • The TP-Link Smart Home integration now helps newer gadgets,
    together with Tapo-branded gadgets! Superior job @sdb9696, @bdraco,
    and @rytilahti!
  • @AngellusMortis added new sound occasion sensors launched in
    UniFi Shield model 2.11 to the UniFi Protect integration. Good!
  • Are you a Jinja templating Ninja? @TNTLarsn added a brand new bitwise_xor
    filter so that you can use. Superior!
  • The Google Generative AI Conversation permits utilizing the new Gemini Pro models,
    together with help for the Imaginative and prescient fashions. This lets you use pictures in your
    prompts too! See an instance within the screenshot down beneath. Tremendous spectacular,
    thanks @tronikos!

Screenshot showing Google Generative AI with the Gemini models describing what it sees in the image that was taken from the doorbell. In this case, a package that is being delivered.
The Google Generative AI Dialog integration utilizing the brand new Gemini Professional Imaginative and prescient fashions to explain what’s seen on the doorbell digicam.

New integrations

We welcome the following new integrations in this release:

This launch additionally has a brand new digital integration. Digital integrations are stubs
which can be dealt with by different (present) integrations to assist with findability.
The next digital integrations have been added:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

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

Release 2024.2.1 – February 9

Release 2024.2.2 – February 16

Release 2024.2.3 – February 22

Release 2024.2.4 – February 25

Release 2024.2.5 – February 27

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 a wonderful place to be
at, and don’t neglect to hitch our wonderful forums.

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

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Backward-incompatible changes

If you’re a customized integration developer and wish to find out about breaking
modifications and new options accessible in your integration: Remember to comply with our
developer blog. The next are essentially the most notable for this launch:

Farewell to the following

The following integrations are also no longer available as of this release:

All changes

Of course, there is a lot more in this release. You can find a list of
all changes made here:
Full changelog for Home Assistant Core 2024.2

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