Information about Recent Alexa skill changes | Yonomi

Information about Recent Alexa skill changes

March 23, 2018: Update! Our Alexa skill updates are now live!  Read on for more information below.

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Our Smart Home Skill is Getting Smarter

As one of the first smart home skills on Alexa, Yonomi has been making it possible to control your smart home devices and add additional functionality to Alexa's existing smart home prowess for nearly two years.

Over that time, Alexa itself has continued to get smarter and incorporate new smart home features. These smart home features are great for users, and also allow smart home services like Yonomi to provide a better experience than was possible before.

To take advantage of Alexa's latest smart home features, we're excited to tell you that in the next month we'll releasing a completely updated Yonomi Alexa skill. As part of this update, there are a few changes that may require your attention.

Here's What's New

    • Your Yonomi Routines will now appear under "Scenes" in the Smart Home section of your Amazon Alexa app, rather than "Devices", for a more intuitive experience.

    • You will now be able to add entire Yonomi Routines to your Alexa Routines! Combine the best of Alexa's voice skills with the best of Yonomi into a single voice command.

In addition to these changes, this update removes some previous functionality— the ability to directly control devices will no longer be supported by the Yonomi Alexa skill. 

Only commands that relate directly to a Yonomi Routine will be understood and completed by our Alexa skill.

When we first started launched our skill, Alexa did not have a wide breadth of smart home integrations. We saw a serious need for a third-party integration that could turn common devices on and off. Now that the list of smart home devices with native Alexa integrations is exploding, this functionality has become largely redundant. 

When Will These Changes Take Place?

These changes went live on March 23rd, 2018.

What devices are affected by direct device control removal?

  • Sonos (Direct use of "Turn On", "Turn Off" to Play & Pause)
  • Logitech Harmony (Direct use of "Turn Off" to Power Off hub)
  • Belkin WeMo LED Bulbs
  • Belkin WeMo Coffeemaker
  • Quirky Aros
  • Nest Thermostat

What do I need to do?

To ensure the best experience possible, we recommend setting up new Routines between that turn on/off any devices that you have frequently used with the Yonomi smart home skill directly (e.g. "Turn Off my Sonos", "Turn Off my Harmony Hub"). Every other part of your experience should remain the same.

If you continue to see leftover devices and Yonomi Routines appearing as devices from our prior skill version, you can remove them in the Alexa app.

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This article was last updated March 25, 2018.