After the major update of the Hue app in early summer, which was not immediately well received by all users, the Philips Hue development team provided us with numerous exciting updates in the second half of the year. Especially the dynamic scenes and the gradient function are worth mentioning here. However, we have been waiting in vain for one function so far: natural light.
A few days later than I expected, but still in time for Christmas, Philips Hue has received another update. Among other things, version 4.10 brings seven colourful and Christmassy scenes, which you can now find in the Hue light scenes gallery. Also new is an option for Spotify integration. The developer team writes in the update description: “The new Style setting in the Sync tab makes your Philips Hue + Spotify even more customizable.
The development team of the Philips Hue app is currently preparing the next update. It is expected that version 4.10 of the Hue app will be released in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as early as next week. I can already tell you what new features the update will bring.
Philips Hue has claimed the launch of the new Gradient products all to itself. What do I mean by that? The APIs and tools necessary for developers were only released after the actual market launch. This explains why the initial integration with Hue Essentials did not necessarily turn out to be great and iConnectHue can only now come up with the corresponding update.
If you have been wondering in the past few weeks why the geofencing of your Hue app no longer works properly, then I can tell you today: It’s not your fault and it’s not the fault of Philips Hue that your lights no longer switch on and off reliably when you come home or leave home.
In August, the timers returned to the Philips Hue app, but one important function was missing until now: You could switch lamps on or off and activate scenes after the timer had expired, but you could not make the lamps flash. This is now possible again. To use the function, you must first create a timer – this can be done in the Automation area.
As already announced last week, Philips Hue has introduced an exciting innovation around the dynamic scenes with the now released update to version 4.8 of the official app. From now on, the speed of these scenes can be adjusted. The special feature here is that each dynamic scene from the Hue Light Scene Gallery comes with its own default setting, so that the speed of the colour changes matches the mood of the scene.
Personally, I still don’t really like the look of Hue Essentials (Apple/Android), but that is ultimately a matter of personal taste. What is clear is that the app offers numerous functions that are not available in the Hue app. With the update to version 1.17.0, however, a function is now added that was originally introduced with the Hue app: You can colour gradient products with colour gradients.
For a little more than a month now, Philips Hue has been offering the possibility to freely select three colours for gradient products and to create automatically generated colour gradients based on this. Later, depending on the product, it will be possible to select even more colours, at least according to Hue inventor George Yianni.
Since today, version 4.7 of the Philips Hue app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. As already announced by me, the dynamic scenes learn a lot with the update and work not only with the preset scenes, but also with self-created ones. Of course, this offers even more possibilities, even if the setting for adjusting the speed has unfortunately not yet been made available with this update.