About a month ago I was able to tell you that Samsung was working on Hue Sync support for its TVs. Unfortunately, I now have some bad news for you, as Samsung’s connection with Philips Hue turns out to be less extensive than initially thought. In a statement to SamMobile, Samsung revealed: “In the coming months, we hope to announce more details of an expanded partnership between Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue that will provide enhanced music experiences.”
This could be a really exciting thing. According to information from the blog SamMobile, Samsung is working on a major update for its Internet of Things platform SmartThings. And this could also be really exciting for all Philips Hue users. According to the blog, Samsung is working on support for Philips Hue Sync.
This autumn, it is hopefully time: The new smart home standard Matter is to launch and be able to connect a wide variety of devices. At the same time, we users should be able to decide for ourselves which apps we want to use to control the system. The Matter standard will also support Philips Hue – but not directly via the light bulbs, only via the bridge.
For some time now, Philips Hue has been working on making its separate apps redundant. Since the end of February, it has been possible to pair Hue lights within the Hue app via Bluetooth and no longer have to use the separate Bluetooth app. Back in March, I reported that Philips Hue had also started work on integrating the Sync Box into the regular Hue app.
I already announced it last week, but now the time has come: Philips Hue has increased the recommended retail prices for its products. The manufacturer is now charging up to 16.67 percent more for its products. The prices have already been adjusted in the official online shop at philips-hue.com. As of 1 May, retailers will also have to pay more for the purchase of Hue products, and the price increase should then also be noticeable in the coming weeks in the retail market.
Already at the beginning of the year I could tell you that Philips Hue has made some of its products more expensive. In January, it was mainly the outdoor products that were affected, but also the “simple” Lightstrip Plus and the corresponding extension. Now I have bad news for you again: The prices of almost all other products will also be increased.
It is probably the absolute worst case that especially users with a large installation fear: A total failure of the bridge. Unfortunately, Philips Hue still does not offer any backup function, even almost ten years after its launch. This means that if the bridge fails and cannot be restarted, there is a lot of work to do.
The possibilities of Hue Entertainment have enjoyed great popularity at least since the launch of Spotify integration. Hue Entertainment is also used in combination with the Hue Play HMDI Sync Box. Especially there, fast reaction times are important. To make this possible, a direct connection is established between the Hue Bridge and the lights in the entertainment area when synchronisation with Hue Entertainment is active.
It will probably take a while before there are new products from Philips Hue – presumably there will be new fodder here in June. A little faster are the Dutch colleagues from Innr, who have already presented a new and a revised product today. And as befits the season, it’s off into the garden.