It has been a busy week for everyone at SmartThings. In the past several updates I have delineated changes into categories, but the effects of this week’s changes impact the entire platform. We are confident that you should be seeing marked improvements across the board.
This week we rolled out three main updates which were directly targeted at platform stability and latency. Since the dark morning hours of Wednesday we have been seeing very positive results from these changes, ranging from a wide range of backend metrics to user facing improvements such as dramatically decreased load times for Smart Home Monitor.
To give you a sense of the level of impact, I’d like to share just one of the metrics we use to assess the health of the platform. The graph below represents peak hub latency between the cloud and the hub in milliseconds (y-axis). In this case the lower the blue and yellow peaks the better.
This is just one of hundreds of metrics that we are tracking in real time as we plan our waves of improvements, and they’re all headed in a positive direction. We still have a long ways to go and many forthcoming updates in the pipeline, but believe that we’re now at the point where everyone should be seeing noticeable improvement in your everyday usage of SmartThings.
This week we also published version 2.1.2 of our iOS app. This update includes bug fixes as well as experience improvements. We fixed an issue with closing the slide out menu when Voiceover is used, fixed bugs around installation of SmartApps (specifically child-app installations), made some updates to the UX to allow for better readability of fonts, and added a new rooms editing experience. Detailed release notes can be found here.
Outside of the platform progress, we’re also working hard to ramp up engagement and transparency with you. If you weren’t able to make it, please watch our Developer Discussion with myself and Robert Parker where we answer as many questions as we can in 60 minutes.
I look forward to providing you with another update next week.