Philips Hue app rebuilt ‘from scratch’ for easier controls
The Philips Hue application has undergone a major overhaul of its design. Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), the Dutch company that manufactures Tint lights, says he rebuilt the app from scratch. The redesigned version of the Philips Hue app features over 100 changes that make it easier to control your Hue lights.
The Philips Hue app gets a makeover
With the latest update, you can quickly access room controls. The Home tab lists all of the rooms and areas in your home. When you tap a room or area, all of your preset lights and scenes are displayed in Tile view. You no longer need to dig deep if you want to change the brightness, temperature or color of each light. You can access all your lights in one room in one place.
Previously, you had to switch between multiple tabs to control lights in a room together or individually. There was a good that you would get lost in between. The new version streamlines things significantly.
If you are using multiple Hue bridges, you can now switch between them by pressing a button on the Home tab. The Hue Scene Gallery is now also present on the main screen, making it easier to discover scenes created by Hue lighting experts. The redesigned Philips Hue app also lets you add new lights to a room from the Room tab. In the previous version, you could only do this from the Settings menu.
Another notable change is the removal of the Routines tab. Signify replaced it with a new Automations tab, which offers more advanced customization options to automatically turn your lights on and off. Thanks to the new multi-user geofencing feature, the app will now check to see if anyone is in the house before triggering “Coming Home” or “Leaving Home” automation. This will ensure that the lights don’t suddenly turn off when someone is still in the house, even if the app controller is out.
The sunset and sunrise automations also benefit from some improvements. You can now choose to activate a scene before the set time or deactivate a scene once it is completed, rather than just at sunrise / sunset as before.
The new version is now deployed globally
The redesigned version of the Philips Hue app is now deployment on Android and iOS around the world. You can download / update the app from the Play Store (link below). If no update is available, it should appear in the next few days. Signify says another update later this summer will introduce “dynamic scenes” functionality to the app. This will allow the lights to automatically pass through different colors.
Click on the link below to download the latest version of the Philips Hue app.