Just a heads up that SmartThings announced that they will be shutting down the existing implementation of Echo Speaks within their platform.
Echo Speaks has been a popular integration with the SharpTools community – frequently used to build beautiful dashboards with album art and interesting rules – so we wanted to make sure the community was aware of the changes.
From the Updates to the SmartThings Platform thread:
Transition Date: September 8, 2020
The Echo Speaks SmartApp will no longer be supported and existing installs will no longer be accessible.
Echo Speaks uses a cloud-based Groovy implementation that is resource heavy.
@tonesto7, the original author of the community developed Echo Speaks integration, indicated that he is planning on releasing a new ‘lite’ version of Echo Speaks by the September 8th cutoff.
He has indicated that the functionality in the lite version will be reduced and will require a new installation. At this point, it’s unclear what functionality will be included in the initial release, but initial indications point to the core ‘speech’ features as a primary focus.
As such, I would expect that your dashboards which display album art and playback status will stop working and likely won’t be available in the initial ‘lite’ release. More broadly speaking, anything using the existing Echo Speaks integration will stop working and we’ll have to wait to see what tonesto7 includes in the new version.