Yesterday, I received a newsletter from Shelly. You do remember Shelly, right – an awesome automation platform that is tailored to anyone who loves DIY automation and prefers local controls over LAN. The ecosystem is full of wonderful products, many of which I covered in my articles.
New Shelly App
The original app had already slightly different design principles from what I’m used to on other platforms. I liked it, but it did feel slightly dated. The new Shelly app is called Shelly Smart Control and it’s currently in beta.
You can download it from the Google Play store. Don’t worry, the app won’t overwrite your existing Shelly app – it’s installed alongside so you can switch back and compare all the features.
The biggest change is the re-designed UI. Everything has changed but in a good way. The app is still very intuitive – but the new design showcases better the various options and metrics that you can access using Shelly Cloud. I don’t think I realised how many options three are in Shelly’s ecosystem.
With Shelly Smart Control, the main emphasis is on power consumption and house metrics. Dedicated panels to environmental stats make it easier to monitor the power used by devices (with various filters: room, device type and more) and changes to your heating.
Fans of DIY automation know already that Shelly was all about Cloud and DIY use, and that aspect still rings true. Options to enable REST and MQTT are still there – so don’t worry – the re-design won’t affect how you interface with your devices.
Try it out
Any existing devices in the current app will show up automatically in the new app too, so if you want to switch over, the change is as simple as opening the Shelly Smart Control and logging in.
Check out other devices from the Shelly series to build your ultimate DIY automation:
It’s been a day, so I’m still getting familiar with all menus and options, but my impressions are very positive. If you want to know more about Shelly and the advantages of using Shelly devices, check out my article about Shelly Plus. Let me know what you think about the new app in this Reddit thread.