Last week, Aqara issued an update to their app that allowed some Mijia (Xiaomi) sensors to be added to the Aqara hub, and therefore be exposed to HomeKit, which was great news for people who had these devices and didn’t want to buy brand new equivalent Aqara devices. Alongside this there was a firmware update to the hub which changed a few things, but ultimately didn’t fix the issues faced by some users in the EU, however we have heard there’s another update due tomorrow that may finally fix the issue.
That all aside, On the Aqara community forum of their website, one user mentioned the updates allowing Mijia sensors to be added an wondered if they planned to add support for smoke and gas alarms, specifically the Honeywell/Mijia Smoke Alarm. Aqara have confirmed that they will indeed support this device as well as the companion device used for detecting gas.
We have one of these devices, and although Aqara haven’t actually said that it would be HomeKit compatible after going through the hub, considering the price of this smoke alarm being around a quarter of the price of two recently announced HomeKit compatible smoke alarms from Eve and Netatmo, this really would put some lifesaving smart devices into the hands of many more people, especially those on a budget.
Thanks to mszfcz for pointing us to this story.