WallPanel and MQTT Alarm Panel are set to change hands

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As the sands of time shift, so do the fates of popular Android apps WallPanel and MQTT Alarm Panel. With the original creator and developer facing an increasing workload and a dearth of contributors, the hunt for new caretakers has begun. While WallPanel has found safe harbour, MQTT Alarm Panel's destiny remains shrouded in uncertainty.

WallPanel's new lease on life

Among the two apps, WallPanel has secured a new guardian to guide its journey. The project has migrated to a new GitHub repository, although its app store listing seems to have vanished into the ether. Meanwhile, MQTT Alarm Panel has disappeared from the Google Play Store and is still seeking a new champion.

MQTT Alarm Panel

The evolving role of third-party Home Assistant apps

In days gone by, using Home Assistant on my smartphone demanded a plethora of apps. However, as the official companion app evolved, it gradually superseded its counterparts. Separate apps for reading NFC tags or sending BLE advertisements became relics of the past. Home Assistant Cloud took care of notifications, and my once-burgeoning list of Tasker automations dwindled.

While I appreciate the rich tapestry of apps and services compatible with Home Assistant, the optimal path for WallPanel and MQTT Alarm Panel may be to fade into the annals of history. This is not to cast aspersions, but as the Home Assistant community flourishes, staying current becomes crucial. Perhaps the wisest course of action is to merge the best features of WallPanel and MQTT Alarm Panel with the official companion app, creating a harmonious union of open source projects.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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