The one-off quirks with things and in-app slowness of Android app have been really painful for 2 or 3 weeks now. I spent like an hour simply reconfiguring basic smartapps for the xmas tree and some xmas lights outlets on Sunday. This task should have taken five minutes. Waiting for everything in the Android app to load with each window change is just awful. Kind of ruined my holiday lighting setup experience. The time it takes to setup a simple Big Switch config between two things is just silly right now, plus the lag before the app actually starts working. I had much better experiences 2 or 3 months ago.
Also one GE outlet started a weird refresh circle icon flickering issue in app activity view, as if the device config was corrupt but I could see events in IDE. It finally stopped responding a day later and had to exclude and re include and setup again.
The major outage and instability issues of months past didn’t bother me as I chalked that up to growing pains and underlying system upgrades. But the declining performance in recent weeks and continued lack of anything new on the software side releasing from ST itself is disappointing. No updates on ETAs for official device type support for Nest and others, no new smartapps. What was the last thing actually released by ST? Obything and a couple niche ultra simple smartapps?
Everything new and actually useful (device types and smartapps) comes from the community. Meanwhile the platform is getting more painful to use over time. I cringe as I see more and more ST marketing blog posts and public events while the actual platform quality declines from a usability point of view. My reviews to friends have declined from 4 stars to about 2.5 over recent weeks. It shouldn’t be this painful and slow!