So … who do we petition to get the “Virtual On/Off Tile” (or whatever basic standard Child Device Type is required) to be inherent in everyone’s account so that this could be published as a standalone SmartApp and not require manual installation of the Device Type to the Customer’s own account?
Virtual devices are tremendously useful and various customized ones are useful for complex scenarios, but, as discussed in Topic after Topic after Topic … just a “Virtual Switch” (On/Off Tile) is sufficient for, well, 80% of the use cases! IFTTT, Amazon Echo (hello there Alexa!), and all sorts of SmartApp combinations. Inter-SmartApp communication works very well with just a binary shared device… i.e., a Virtual Switch.
We should be able to spin these up on the fly with “
addChildDevice()” seems to require that “
typename” be a Device Type in your own Account, even if you specify “
namespace” of “
smartthings” … No … it must also search the officially “published” Device Types, right, and “Virtual On/Off Tile” must therefore not be published (unlike the “Hue Bulb” child device type, for example).