Hold on to your hats, Home Assistant 0.115 is on the horizon and it's bringing the heat. The online chatter is all about an exciting feature that was recently teased on Reddit by user /u/basnijholt. And boy, am I thrilled about this one: the long-awaited Media Browser has finally made its grand entrance in Home Assistant!
Media Browser in Home Assistant 0.115: A Mini Guide
Home Assistant 0.115 is set to roll out a new feature that's as simple as it gets. See a media card? Click on it. Notice a folder icon? Click on that too. Voilà! You've just opened the Media Browser. As shown in the Reddit post, this feature is pretty chummy with Spotify.
This new addition is a godsend for those of us who want to select our favourite tunes right from the Lovelace interface. The Media Browser will come as part and parcel of each media card you set up – no additional configuration needed. Oh, and a heads-up for all you Spotify fans out there, you'll need a Spotify Premium account to rock this feature.
Home Assistant Media Browser: A Compatible Companion?
Long story short, the Media Browser seems to be playing nice with Spotify, Roku, and Kodi, according to the scoop from the beta version's changelogs on GitHub. I'll be honest, I haven't had a chance to test this out myself since I'm not currently running the beta version of Home Assistant (Should I?). It's also worth noting that the Media Browser will be able to jam to your locally stored music.