@JDRoberts I think your long post about the direction missed one point that most of us here on this forum forget. We are the fringe. The majority of the people on this forum already go over their ‘average user’. We are pushing at the limits at times, and we defiantly are no longer the focus. To Samsung a userbase with 50+ devices in their house is not ‘better’ than one with 5, in some ways its worse. We drive support complexity up so they have to make tier 1 and 2 smarter to just support us.
Is it beneficial to make sure our fringe cases work and make us happy compared to someone wanting to turn on their front porch lights automatically? Sucks but we are not the core anymore. Their goal is defiantly be ‘more like apple’ and the ‘it just works’ model. As you add things, the chance of ‘just works’ goes down. My v1 with the 4 lights and 1 motion I had…solid. Then I was lulled into stability and added like a mad man…boom hit the problem of osram lights or zigbee bug whatever…not passing commands reliably. Backed down, went Hue and was lulled back.
ST is wanting to have the market clout of Hue, but with a more complex setup. The moment Hue added motion sensors their complexity went up…I bet their support queue noticed