I tweeted a bit about this, but thought it might be a good heads up for the ST nerds not on Twitter Especially since new users can no longer use the old skill. The old skill is now called “SmartThings Classic” while the new one is just “SmartThings”. If you search the Alexa skill catalog you will only find the new skill, but the old/Classic one still shows under your installed skills if you already set it up. I don’t know what SmartThings’ plans are for migration, but i thought it would be worth discussing since the skill is public and new users will be using it. Based on the lack of it appearing in the Groovy IDE and appearance in the new app, the new one uses the new APIs instead of a Groovy app. So far here’s the differences I’ve noticed and my experience:
- Enabling the new skill seamlessly replaces most ST devices in Alexa instead of duplicating, which is nice. Scenes do seem to duplicate and some devices seem to duplicate if you’ve changed their name in Alexa.
- The new skill seems to support more devices, especially those with temperature capability. The old skill only brought in temperature readings from contact and motion sensors. The new one brings them from ALL devices with temperature capability.
- The new skill also seems to support window shade capability, but i haven’t figured out how to use it in Alexa other than adjusting the open % in an Alexa routine.
- The new skill is all or nothing for integrating SmartThings devices. You can’t pick and choose like the Classic skill. I found disabling (not deleting!) unwanted devices in the Alexa app to be the best route for unwanted devices that came over.
- As of April 17, 2020, there are some bugs. Devices sometimes get removed from Alexa routines when switching ST skills. ST Devices can be added to Alexa Routines, but triggers aren’t flowing through even though status reflects properly in Alexa. (edit: routines fixed 4/21/20) Flagging a device as Type = Light also seems to not work, so you can’t control lights in rooms by saying “Alexa turn off the lights”
Here’s the Classic skill most of us Alexa users currently have installed:
Here’s the new skill: