Home Assistant 0.115 isn’t far off and one exciting new addition has been shown off in a reddit post by the user /u/basnijholt. It is a feature I’ve been waiting for for quite some time: Home Assistant finally has a media browser.
How the Media Browser in Home Assistant 0.115 works
In Home Assistant 0.115 you will be able to click on any media card and you should see a new folder icon as shown in the screenshot below. Clicking on the folder icon will open up a pretty basic but useful media browser. In the example shown on reddit this can be seen working with Spotify.
This will be useful if you want to select music using just the lovelace interface. The Media Browser will come with every media card you set up and doesn’t need any separate configuration. For this to work with Spotify you will need a Spotify Premium account.
Which services will the Home Assistant Media Browser support?
So far, it appears that the Media Browser will work with Spotify, Roku, and Kodi. This information is taken from the changelogs of the beta version on GitHub. I personally haven’t tried this yet as I don’t run the beta version of Home Assistant (yet?). The Media Browser will obviously also be able to play locally stored music.