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Meet the Hue app. The amazing way to control every Philips Hue product in your home. All from the palm of your hand or from your wrist with the Apple Watch.
With Hue, you’ll see light in a whole new way. It lets you set the ideal lighting for every occasion. It’s clever, intuitive and connected. It‘s a whole new experience.
We call it PERSONAL WIRELESS LIGHTING.
Hue lets you express who you are, through the way you light your home.
Hue can be wherever you want and you can access it whenever you want. Any room. Any space. All wirelessly, through your smart device or Apple Watch.
At its heart, Hue is a lighting solution for the home. It’s functional and practical. But it can also be emotive and inspiring. It’ll change the way you think about home lighting. Forever.
Philips Hue starter pack (bulbs + Bridge or Bloom + Bridge or Iris + Bridge or LightStrips + Bridge). Single Hue lighting products and Hue accessories can then be added, up to a maximum of 50 products per bridge.
What's New in Version 1.10.0
- We now offer Siri voice control for Apple HomeKit enabled bridges. To enable Siri voice control for your Philips Hue lights go to the Siri voice control option in the Settings menu.
- Added support for transferring your settings to the Apple HomeKit enabled bridge. Simply plug in your new bridge in addition to your current one and you will be guided through the transfer.
- Added support for the new Philips Hue lightstrip plus.
- Bug fixes and stability improvements.
HomeKit support lacking
I've reviewed this app before and gone into great detail about why it's horrible (and it still is). I'm not going to repeat all that again. This review is about what's on everyone's mind this week... HomeKit.
Hue has stuck to their guns with scenes only. Now that poor choice has caused their HomeKit integration to be very lacking. Using the stock app, you can't even do simple commands like "Siri, turn on/off the kitchen lights" or "Turn on the upstairs lights" You can only set scenes and you can't set scenes off, so the only way to turn lights off is to turn all lights off, turn bulbs off one by one or create a scene that has the bulbs off. Of course if you scene name is called "bedroom lights off" and you tell Siri "Set bedroom lights off" she gets all confused. It's really unbelievable how poorly phillips software team is doing. Their app has been rated 1-2 starts for years and yet remains virtually unchanged in the time period. It's really a shame since their hardware is so nice.
Luckily, once you've added your bulbs to HomeKit, you can use a 3rd party app like Insteon+ to created rooms and zones and then use Siri to control things like you expect.
So if you're like me, you'll use the hue app once to add your bulbs to HomeKit and never use it again. Here's to hoping that Phillips finally works on improving the horrendously bad app.
Doesn’t work on Apple Watch, not well thought out anyway
So far I have not gotten the Apple Watch app to work once. Sometimes it just spins forever and never even opens the app; sometimes the app opens but is frozen/nonresponsive; sometimes it tells me “no connection to bridge” even though the iPhone app can connect just fine.
All the app is anyway is the world’s least convenient way to turn lights on and off. The obvious functionality would be to embed an iBeacon in each bulb (or even have a separate iBeacon unit) and turn them on/off automatically when your watch/phone comes in and out of proximity, with additional settings for choosing color/temperature based on time of day and other conditions.
But no, all you get is some scenes to click on, and you can’t even apply those scenes to a particular room in the house; you have to set up a new set of scenes from scratch for the bulbs in that room only.
For real Philips? - Software is a joke
For real Philips? Every other update breaks the app. The hardware is amazing but the software makes the entire system unusable for large periods of time. (Until they push another app update.) ... And for as long as you delayed HomeKit integration you couldn't make a simple Hue watch complication for watchOS 2 and make the watch app native? It takes 30+ seconds to load the watch app and effectively renders it pointless/useless... I realize it's irrelevant if the customer plans on buying the new HomeKit hub and using Siri to activate lights. (The lack of update is probably a business decision to increase the new hub adoption.) It's just ridiculous as an early adopter with $2000+ into the system to still have these issues! Please make it right!
(I really do love the Hue system when it works but that is increasingly fewer and further between.)
- Category: Lifestyle
- Updated: Oct 05, 2015
- Version: 1.10.0
- Size: 57.1 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: Philips Consumer Lifestyle, B.V.
- ©Koninklijke Philips N.V., 2004 - 2015. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.