Hueblog: After one week: Your verdict on the new Hue app

After one week: Your verdict on the new Hue app

Now it's billing time

Exactly one week ago, Signify released the big update of the Philips Hue app. Version 4.0 was a big step, over 100 innovations and improvements were integrated according to the developer team. At the same time, however, some extras have been dropped, for example the timers. Others, like the widgets, have been replaced on iOS by shortcuts.

“We’re happy with the launch, it seems to be running stable,” Hue creator George Yianni told me a few days ago. “It was important for us to take this big step. We completely rebuilt the app, renewed the API and were able to improve some things directly. But we didn’t want to finish every single feature first, we wanted to finish the base and distribute it first.”


It is already clear that there will be more to come in the coming weeks – for example, dynamic scenes were announced, which are much more than the previously known animations from Hue Labs or third-party applications. The new app as a basis would also help in the future – what might have taken months before can be completed in weeks with the new basic framework.

But how is this step now being received by you? After a week, everyone should now be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the new version. Just vote and write me your opinion about Philips Hue 4.0 in the comments. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

What do you think of the new Philips Hue app?


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Comments 6 replies

  1. You should have asked a question about disappointment. I responded I liked better the old app. Actually, not true, but I can’t find any benefit with the new app. Hence the disappointment.

  2. I really don’t like the new app. The look and feel of the new sliders feels like a step back to me. Also it is really laggy. Not that is slow, but it doesn’t feel really responsive (animations are staggering). And not having sliders for each light in a room is also a big setback in my opinion…

  3. So what about true random lights. After all this development is there still not the ability to have lights go on and off in a genuine random manner. Is that so much to ask.

    I want the passing opportunistic burglar to have the strong possibility of a light going on or off, whatever the time of day. Not much good randomising my apparent time I get home. That might help protect against burglars who are spending time watching a home in advance.
    But not much protection against an opportunistic burglar of which I believe over 90% will be.

    I am sure most people who don’t know much about Philips Hue will find it inconceivable this feature is not included.

  4. Putting a room’s lights in a sideways view means you can’t see them all at once and removing their sliders means you have to go in and out of each one to adjust manually.

    Major pain in the you-know-where.

    The look and feel is darker and honestly, for an app that deals with light this ‘moody’ feel just doesn’t sit right. I appreciate a lot of people worked for a long time on this but they created it in a vacuum with a “make it different” attitude. Do any of them actually use Hue lights? This all suggests none of them do.

    I want to ENJOY my Hue experience, and now I dread using this dumb app.

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