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New Release: Almond 2.0

At long last, I am very proud to announce that Almond 2.0 is now available. This is a culmination of several months of development since 1.99, and it’s a major update compared to the previous stable version of Almond 1.8.

Compared to Almond 1.8, this release brings:

  • better support for the most important skills: Home Assistant, music, weather
  • more robust natural language, including a new, state-of-the-art conversational model that can understand follow-ups and refinement of queries
  • for developers, the release includes a newly repackaged Genie Toolkit, with ThingTalk 2.0. The new toolkit is easier to learn and use, and more robust.
    As usual, you can read more about this release in the release page in the wiki .

Many of you have seen early previews and development releases leading up to this point. Compared to the beta, we have refreshed our UI and fixed some of the issues that you reported. Thank you all for helping the Almond project up to this point!

Included Skills

Not all skills that were part of Almond 1.8 are available, as we focus on a smaller set of higher-quality skills. The following skills are fully supported:

  • Bing Search
  • Jokes
  • News
  • Spotify
  • Yelp restaurants
  • Home Assistant
  • Weather

Additional skills are supported by the community, and will be released over time. These currently include Xkcd, quotes, cat and dog pictures, RSS.

Getting Almond 2.0

The release will go live on the https://almond.stanford.edu server tomorrow (Thu May 27) at 9am Pacific. As it is a major release that involves substantial backend changes, please expect potentially several hours of downtime.
I will post an update here when the deployment is complete, or if there issues that can prolong downtime.

After the new version of the backend servers is available, we will release the builds of the Almond client applications:

Giving Feedback

If you encounter any issue with the release, please let us know. You can reach us here in he community forum, on Discord, or by filing an issue on GitHub.
If you file an issue, please include the detailed conversation log.

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Update: the cloud deployment is now complete!

Builds on Flatpak and in the Home Assistant add-on repository will make their way shortly.

Update 2:

  • Flatpak builds are available on Flathub. The Flathub page shows “2.0.0~alpha.1” as the version number due to a mistake in the release notes, but it is actually the correct version, 2.0.0 stable
  • Stable builds of the Home Assistant add-on are available at https://github.com/stanford-oval/almond-hassio-repository. We’re still waiting for approval from the Home Assistant team for inclusion in the official Home Assistant add-on collection, but in the meantime you can follow the instructions in the wiki to enable our add-on repository.
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