Philips launches new Hue app with a lot improved design
Let’s be trustworthy, the Philips Hue app has a horrible design. However that is only a dangerous reminiscence now as the corporate has launched a brand new main model of its iOS and Android app. The app is now extra polished and comes with a bunch of additional options.
Let’s begin with the design. I’ve been utilizing Huemote on my iPhone to regulate my lights. It’s clear, simple and comes with a nifty At the moment View widget.
The official Philips Hue app foremost display now seems to be so much like Huemote, and it’s an excellent factor. You possibly can activate and off lights in only one faucet, management the depth and simply set off scenes.
The app lastly seems to be like a contemporary iOS app and never one thing that was ported from the pre-iOS 7 days. The interface is environment friendly and straight to the purpose. Gone is the hamburger button, basic sluggishness and convoluted menu construction.
Relating to options, the large new function is room help. Now, you’ll be able to create teams of lights with the intention to management all of the lights in a single room extra simply. These rooms will even work with Siri if in case you have the HomeKit-suitable Hue bridge.
For every room, you’ll be able to choose a scene or create a customized scene with the intention to change your lights in a single faucet. You can even activate and off particular person lights and alter the colour utilizing a brand new colour picker.
Philips has additionally made it simpler to create routines. As an example, you possibly can very simply create an alarm clock routine that may steadily activate the lights in your bed room from Monday to Friday. Or you’ll be able to create a routine that may slowly dim the lights at night time earlier than going to sleep. And, like earlier than, you’ll be able to create a geofencing rule to show off the lights if you depart your condominium and activate the lights whenever you arrive and it’s night time time.
Now there are nonetheless some flaws with the apps. You possibly can’t copy scenes from one room to a different — even creating scene isn’t intuitive. The widget isn’t as highly effective as Huemote’s widget. I skilled a couple of crashes as properly however let’s hope Philips goes to repair them quickly.
However that is nonetheless a superb replace. Arguably, Philips Hue’s whole level is that there’s an entire ecosystem of apps and providers that may reap the benefits of your set up. Some apps are very highly effective and allow you to script situations. Others, just like the official app, are a very good introduction. However nothing is stopping you from making an attempt out new apps and see what works for you.