+1 I just went the other way and miss the iOS app (mostly the notifications)
Fyi there is now a fork that includes notifications
Thanks to @Crewski
Who is working on the Android app. Lots of open issues but guessing top ones would be:
- Lovelace / UI update
- New Auth platform
- Tracking/ other local phone usage
I vote for an specific android app only in order to have a really reliable, easy-to-use, and low-battery kind of device tracker.
Presence of people is probably the more important thing for home (and outside) automation, and seems to be demostrated that polling methods from HA host are all rather unreliable (I have tried ping, snmp, nmap, BT_tracker, etc. and I had allways false reports).
The best way for detect/track family people today is probably the mobile, that moreover has the best usability to define zones.
So the method to track people has to be an active app tha report position, zone, etc. to the HA system (not the opposite). The best aproximation for me has been gps-logger, but its no have the intelligence I was demanding (i.e. dont track gps at home, increase polling frequency when near home, etc, integrations of zones defined in HA, etc.)
Its only an idea, but with this, i.e. we could define HA zones from mobile, and available for all people in the family.
I am working on a first aproximatio with api device_tracker.see service, and maybe I could report a first aproximation in “share projects” section.
i avoided using gps on mobile devices as it eats battery. So sacrificing zone usage.
I used WiFi + bluetooth which has worked without issue since installation (until the phone battery dies).
WiFi using Eero custom component, and UniFi (tried both) work very well. Had less success with Netgear.
Yeah, there are a handful of features that the iOS app has that just isn’t possible without making things more complicated than they need to be. A Native android app is definitely needed. There are 3rd party options out there, maybe one of them just need chosen to be made official and get some better support
Would love a native android app just so I could use a couple of widgets to open doors and switch on lights without having to load up the entire HA interface.
They just released one, it currently just loads a WebView though. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.homeassistant.companion.android
Closing as app now exists