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Philips Hue: Version 4.1 with many small innovations released

Update is available in the App Store

I announced it quite a while ago, now it is finally available in the App Store and also in the Google Play Store. The latest update for the Philips Hue app, which at least fixes a few small things.

In the new version of the app, you can finally dim lamps directly in the room view again – to do this, you simply hold your finger down on a switched-on lamp for a long time and can then move your finger up or down to adjust the brightness.


Not yet part of the update are the dynamic scenes that Philips Hue promised for this summer. These will probably be unlocked with one of the next updates, I will definitely keep you posted here. Until then, you can take a look at all the new features of version 4.1 and then download the new update from the App Store.

  • You can now tap and hold a light to adjust its brightness instantly
  • You can now reorder the lights and scenes in a Room with edit mode
  • Added scroll functionality in the Bridge-switch screen for users with multiple Hue Bridges
  • Made it easier to select and change the color of a single light in the color picker
  • Improved the way Wake up and Go to sleep automations are displayed
  • Improved the way unselected lights in the color picker are displayed
  • Fixed more than 20 bugs
  • Improved performance throughout the app
  • Fixed an issue where push linking would fail in rare cases
  • Fixed an issue where HomeKit scenes wouldn’t export
  • Added an error message when HomeKit syncing fails due to an invalid name
‎Philips Hue
‎Philips Hue
Price: Free
Philips Hue
Philips Hue
Price: Free

In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 2 replies

  1. innovations?????? you ruined the UX, this new Hue app is a disaster,

    Horribly optimized, lags and runs slow, noticeable command latency when controlling devices, even voice control apps seem to take longer to trigger commands now. Absolutely inexcusable performance for what is literally just a UI. whole ass 3D games run better than this on my phone.

    The change to color selection seemed like an improvement on paper, but was executed poorly. This created more confusion and annoying UX than the initial problem. Literally all you had to do to solve the problem was add a “do not group” toggle to individual lights that would prevent the light from automatically snapping to form groups of lights.

    Seems like in general you tried to integrate more homekit press/hold/slide up + down interactions, which are hindered due to poor app performance, and are in themselves a bit unintuitive and annoying. much preferred the obvious slider bars on lights.

    Reorganizing scenes is an absolute nightmare now. The app lags horribly and what should take a second takes a minute.

    Quickly managing lights in rooms is also made incredibly worse. You introduced a horizontal scroll to manage lights now, so rooms with 10+ lights is horrendous to navigate. Before, even when you had rooms with lots of lights, the vertical list of lights was simple enough to scroll through to control them. Now it’s a pain in the ass.

    Great job Hue, you tried to copy apple and absolutely fucked up your UX in the process.

  2. Publish again the V3 app separatly and bring back the dang widget! The v4 app is an absolute shame

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