2023.1: Joyful New Yr of the voice!

Joyful New Yr! 🍾

We want you, and all of the family members round you, all the perfect for 2023! 🥂

2023: What an thrilling yr this will probably be; The yr of the voice!
And never simply that, many thrilling issues are anticipated this yr. Extra spoilers
may be discovered within the State of the Open Home 2022
recording on YouTube.

Beginning this wonderful yr with: House Assistant Core 2023.1! 🎊

A reasonably small launch, as all of us loved our Holidays. But, the primary traces
of the voice mission are already seen: assist for entity aliases!

Nonetheless, this launch incorporates over 800 adjustments, most of that are
high quality enhancements, bug and stability fixes, and different minor enhancements.
The right launch to begin the yr with, a simple improve value doing.

Benefit from the launch!

../Frenck

PS: Do you know Home Assistant is now on Mastodon too?

Don’t neglect to join our release party live stream on YouTube 4 January 2023, at 12:00 PST / 21:00 CET!

The yr of the voice!

You must have heard about it by now; 2023 is Home Assistant’s year of Voice!
It is our goal for 2023 to let users control Home Assistant in their own
language. As covered by
The Verge,
ArsTechnica,
and many others.

The work on voice has already began by amassing intents in all of the completely different
languages we wish to assist. Intents describe the consumer’s intention with what
they’ve mentioned (or written), so House Assistant can perceive what to do,
just like the motion to take and which gadgets are concerned.

All of the completely different doable intent sentences at the moment are being collected within the
Intents for Home Assistant GitHub
repository, and we are looking for contributions!
So, be at liberty to leap in and assist out!

An summary of the present standing of all intents and languages may be discovered on
this page. The web page provides perception
into the elements we’d like assist with.

Lastly, we’re additionally on the lookout for language leaders! Every language is maintained
by a number of language leaders. Language leaders are answerable for reviewing
their language’s contributions and ensuring they’re grammatically right.

Anybody can apply to turn into one. If you wish to apply to be a language chief,
be a part of us in #devs_voice on Discord or open a discussion topic.

Entity aliases for voice assistants

The first little thing related to the voice project found in Home Assistant:
Aliases for entity names are now configurable via the UI.

Currently, configured aliases are used by Google Assistant and, of course, can
later be used by our own voice assistant.

These aliases are helpful in case you call the same device by multiple names
or when using a voice assistant in multiple languages at the same time.

Screenshot showing the alias editing capabilities added to the more info dialog of entities

The new aliases feature can be found on each entity’s more information dialog
in the settings tab in the advanced section. If you use
Home Assistant Cloud, you may also handle your
entity aliases (and the gadgets to reveal to Google Assistant) in your
Home Assistant Cloud settings.

Multi-language may be an vital issue when utilizing Google Assistant, as these
may be configured to assist two languages on the similar time. For instance,
English and Dutch concurrently. Aliases help you present names
for translations as an alias. For example, I’ve added
“Woonkamer stofzuiger” (Dutch) as an alias to my front room vacuum.

Screenshot showing adding multiple languages as aliases via the Home Assistant Cloud manage entities screen

It was beforehand doable to configure Google Assistant-specific aliases through
YAML as nicely, and this stays working. You need to use both YAML or simply handle
them through the UI.

Progress on Matter

Final December launch, we introduced Matter support,
and progress has been made since then. The code base has seen many fixes and
improvements, and much effort has been put into adding more automated
tests and quality assurance.

There are also notable improvements; commissioning Matter devices have been
improved (and fixed). So, adding
your first Matter device
to House Assistant ought to be a a lot better expertise now.

Lastly, the Home Assistant Companion app for Android
with assist for pairing Matter gadgets has been launched! Due to the improbable
work by @jpelgrom on the Android app, the
commissioning expertise is now even higher! Here’s a fast video exhibiting
how that works:

This does require your Android system to be up to date with Matter assist which
Google is rolling out throughout the Google House app in current Android variations.

Help for pairing Matter gadgets utilizing our iOS Companion app is being labored
on.

Extending calendar assist

The final launch launched the local calendar,
which included the capability to manage calendar events from Home Assistant.
These features have now been added to the Google Calendar
integration as well!

Meaning you can now create a new event in your Google Calendar, straight
from within Home Assistant. Neat!

Furthermore, the local calendar has been extended to provide editing support for existing
events 🤘

Screenshots showing the new edit event and monthly recurrence of events capabilities

Lastly, support for monthly variations in the recurrence rules has been
added. This includes repetitions like: on the 20th day or the first Wednesday of
the month. The latter, of course, is helpful to put the Home Assistant
release day on your calendar 😉

Translation improvements for entities

The support for translations for entities has been improved, especially those
of entity attributes! A relatively small change that is improving the UI
experience quite a bit.

Some entities provide additional properties, for example, climate entities
provide presets or fan modes. Integrations can now offer translations for
those attribute values.

Additionally, textual sensor entities can now provide a list of possible states
they can be in, for which, of course, translations can be provided for now too.

Screenshots showing the effects of having translated entity attributes

In the above screenshot, on the left, you can see how the presets of my
thermostat now show up nicely in a human-readable format (instead of, for example,
“anti_frost” in previous releases).

On the right, the Moon sensor used in an automation
trigger, Home Assistant can now suggest states you can use in those cases.
Those suggestions will also be translated into the language you are using.

Other noteworthy changes

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

  • @epenet added a bunch of latest system lessons for sensors! We now have assist
    for information dimension, information price, irradiance, sound stress, and atmospheric stress.
  • The Shelly integration now helps the Shelly Plus WallDimmer US,
    thanks @thecode!
  • Configuration errors of automations and scripts with system automations have
    been considerably improved, offering you with rather more element to assist
    you repair the issue. Thanks, @emontnemery!
  • @AngellusMortis added a textual content entity to the UniFi Defend, so now you can
    set the message displayed in your doorbell. Superior!
  • Google Translate has been prolonged with dialect assist, thanks @toddejohnson!
  • Yale Entry Bluetooth now has assist for battery standing, thanks @bdraco!
  • Three good new additions to SwitchBot, @konikoni428 added assist for energy
    monitor of wallplugs, @bdraco added preliminary humidifier assist, and
    @dsypniewski added assist for SwitchBot locks! Superior!
  • @FuzzyMistborn, added assist for ecobee Sensible Enhanced thermostats,
    thanks!
  • KNX expose now has a cooldown possibility, which can be utilized to restrict bus load.
    Thanks, @farmio!

New Integrations

We welcome the next new integrations on this launch:

Release 2023.1.1 – January 5

Release 2023.1.2 – January 8

Release 2023.1.3 – January 10

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
forums.

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

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Breaking Modifications

If you’re a customized integration developer and wish to find out about breaking
adjustments and new options obtainable in your integration: Make sure to observe our
developer blog. The next are probably the most notable for this launch:

Farewell to the next

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

  • Deutsche Bahn has been eliminated. It relied on internet scraping, which isn’t any
    longer allowed.

All adjustments

After all, there’s much more on this launch. You could find an inventory of
all adjustments made right here:
Full changelog for House Assistant Core 2023.1