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Alexa: German umlauts don't work anymore #1151

ammawel opened this issue Nov 9, 2019 · 5 comments


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@ammawel ammawel commented Nov 9, 2019

As has long been known, devices are created twice. Once as "Dimmable Light" and once as "Royal Philips Electronics intelligentes Gerät".
So far this has caused little problems, the duplicate devices were only seen in the web app and not in the Android app.

Since the end of October, devices with umlaut are displayed twice in the Android app and no longer work.
They appear once correctly with umlaut and once incorrectly in the Royal-Philips-version with incorrectly coded umlaut. Example "Küchenschrank" as screenshot:

Dimmable Light:


Royal Philips Electronis intelligentes Gerät:


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@COMHOME COMHOME commented Nov 11, 2019

I have the same problem, but maybe i can deliver a little work-around: If i connect a Echo Dot 3rd gen, and refresh the devices, all umlauts are correct (maybe you have to search twice) again. If i disconnect the 3rd gen, a few minutes later, umlauts are broken again. So, it has nothing to with the ha-bridge itself, at least that's my suggestion.


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@ichraffsnicht ichraffsnicht commented Nov 12, 2019

same problem here. my umlauts dosnt work anymore


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@scholzmichael scholzmichael commented Nov 21, 2019

Had the same problem, solved it by changing the port from 80 to 81 weeks ago. Ever since I only have dimmable devices and Umlaute work fine.


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@ingod68 ingod68 commented Nov 24, 2019

Same Problem here. Devicename is "Verstärker"
but in Alexa its "Verst�¤rker "


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@michbeck100 michbeck100 commented Dec 2, 2019

I did solve this using iconv-lite: michbeck100/pimatic-echo#72

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