Home Assistant 2022.10: All over the place

Home Assistant 2022.10: All over the place

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Happy October! October is always a special month for the project. It is the
month everybody starts working on their home automations again, the month that
Hacktoberfest brings in lots of new contributions and contributors to the
project (馃憢 welcome!), and also this year: the Month of 鈥淲hat the Heck?!鈥.

The Month of WTH already looks very promising,
and many good and interesting issues, ideas, and suggestions to streamline
have been proposed. Keep those topics and votes going 鉂わ笍.

Oh! And Home Assistant Core 2022.10! 馃帀

Last month鈥檚 release was a big one; this month鈥檚 release mostly continues to
improving on that. I guess it is no surprise that the biggest improvement can
be found (once again) in Bluetooth! There is a lot more, though this release
is a bit 鈥渁ll over the place鈥, which is actually kinda nice.

Enjoy the release!

../Frenck

PS: I noticed the Home Assistant SkyConnect is now available for pre-order 馃コ

Don鈥檛 forget to join our release party live stream on YouTube today at 12:00 PDT / 21:00 CET!

Marcel van der Veldt joins Nabu Casa

We are excited to announce that Marcel van der Veldt
has joined Nabu Casa!

Marcel is known for his contributions to the Z-Wave integration,
the rewrite of the Hue integration, the
Music Assistant custom integration,
and many more!

Marcel is going to be working on Matter
support in Home Assistant. Just in case you missed it, Matter
is now officially
available/released
馃帀.

Welcome aboard Marcel!

Active Bluetooth everywhere

Two releases back, we introduced the Bluetooth integration.
The previous release we brought Bluetooth everywhere in your home by adding
support for Bluetooth Proxies.
Let鈥檚 not stop there!

In this release, those proxies now support active Bluetooth connections! 馃く

To explain this quickly: Previously, we could listen for Bluetooth devices
and only receive data via the proxies (passive connection); now, we can actively
set up a conversation with those devices and send data (active connection). This
adds the capability to extend the range of Bluetooth devices that can be
controlled 馃挋.

Picture of a home showing how Bluetooth data is proxied via ESPHome devices to Home Assistant

For this occasion, ESPHome will have an additional release, which adds this
functionality. We have also updated our Bluetooth proxy installer website
to install with support for active connections.

So, you want to control that SwitchBot Bluetooth device on the other end of your
home that seems out of reach? Now you can by installing a proxy on
a simple ESP32 device.

Oh! Bonus: the Bluetooth performance has been improved too! Especially local
Bluetooth adapters should be quite a bit faster. 馃殌

Support for iBeacons

This release also adds support for iBeacons. These are Bluetooth-enabled devices
that send out identifiers to announce their location. Home Assistant can
now pick those up and show an approximate distance to such an iBeacon.

iBeacons can open up a lot of awesome use cases for automations. For example,
you could attach an iBeacon to your car, so you鈥檒l know the car is at home. Or,
on the trash can and use it to determine if the garbage is still sitting in the
garage on pick-up day and send out a notification.

Read more about iBeacons in our documentation.

Finding the right integration

Recently we introduced 鈥淪upported brands鈥,
allowing you to find integrations available under different brandings.
Now, we are taking it a step further streamlining the experience of adding new
devices or services.

For some brands of devices, we have multiple integrations available.
For example, we have a lot of 鈥淕oogle鈥 integrations. Some brands provide devices
that can work via Zigbee or their matching hub, meaning you鈥檇 have a choice
of integrating their hub or using the devices directly via Zigbee
(e.g., using ZHA).

To make it more clear on the choices available, you can now categorize
integrations by brand. Home Assistant will show the options available
for that specific brand. For example, the 鈥淕oogle鈥 brand:

Screenshots showing adding an integration by the Google brands. Once you select Google, you will be offered all Google integrations

This way, you no longer have to 鈥渇ind out鈥 how your device could be integrated.
We now show if an integration uses 鈥渢he cloud鈥 or not, so you are aware upfront.

We often get questions about YAML-only integrations that cannot be found in the
user interface. While we love them to be available via the UI, we can
understand not finding them at all can be confusing.

To help with that, we now show all integrations when adding a new
integration, including those only available via YAML. While they cannot be
set up via the user interface, we now do provide links to the documentation
with the instructions on how to set it up.

Subviews for dashboards

This might be one of the coolest and most impactful features that has been
added to our Dashboards lately: Subviews!

Each view on a dashboard can now be marked as being a 鈥淪ubview鈥:

Screenshot showing the new subview toggle in the view options

Subviews won鈥檛 show up in the navigation bar of your dashboard, meaning
you can only navigate to them by using, for example, a navigation action on
a button.

When you navigate to a subview, the subview itself will not show the Dashboard
navigation bar. Instead, it will show a back button to the previous view
you came from.

Screen recording showing a Kitchen subview in action
Screen recording showing a Kitchen subview in action.

This allows for creating cool navigation concepts that are particularly helpful
on a mobile or tablet device.

All dialogs restyled

All dialogs that are shown in the Home Assistant have been slightly updated.

Most notably: The dialogs are now rounder on the edges, and the action buttons
have been styled and named more consistently. It brings Home Assistant closer
to version 3 of the Material Design that Home Assistant follows.

Screenshot showing one of the restyled dialogs.

Viewing YAML automations in the automation editor

In the last release, we revamped our automation editor, and we are very
happy to read how many of you loved these changes 鉂わ笍

However, if you manage your automations manually in YAML, you鈥檇 always be
served an error message when trying to open an automation in the UI. Not very
helpful, right?

This has been improved! You can now open any automation (or script) in the
UI. This lets you view your automation, providing a quick glance at its
workings.

Screenshot showing an YAML automation as read-only in the automation editor.

Besides, as a bonus, if you have considered moving your automation to the UI,
you can now view and experience how it would look/work for those automations
and import them into the UI with the click of a button in the top right.

Handling version numbers in templates

A new version() template function/filter has been added, allowing you to do
awesome things with version numbers in templates.

It allows for getting information about a version number, comparing version
numbers, and even checking the difference between two versions.

  • {{ version("2022.10.0") > "2022.9.7" }}
    Returns true, as 2022.10.0 is newer.

  • {{ (version("2022.10.1") - "2022.10.0").patch }}
    Returns true, as the patch number of the version changed.

  • {{ (version("2022.10.1") - "2022.10.0").minor }}
    Returns false, as there is just a patch difference.

  • {{ version("2022.10.0b0").beta }}
    Return true, as this is a beta version.

version() can be helpful when building automations or Blueprints for
update entities. You could, for example, easier
decide to automatically upgrade or send more detailed notification messages
in case a patch version is available.

Google Sheets

This release introduces a new way to export data from Home Assistant:
Google Sheets.

With this integration, you can add new rows to a Google Sheet document
from a service call, allowing you to export data from automations for
further processing, visualization, or insights.

Screenshots exporting energy data to Google Sheets from Home Assistant
Export anything you like to a sheet in Google Sheets, like your energy usage.

Maybe you like to export your daily energy usage or keep track of the number
of diapers you have used in your baby feeding diary spreadsheet.

The possibilities with this are endless.

Other noteworthy changes

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

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integrations in this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

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

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鈥檛 forget to join our amazing forums.

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to get it fixed! Or, check our help page for guidance for more
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Breaking Changes

Below is a listing of the breaking change for this release, per subject or
integration. Click on one of those to read more about the breaking change
for that specific item.


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