HomeKit, which is at home in the Apple cosmos, is a fine thing. Not only can all devices be controlled via Siri, but also complex automations can be created. They also work across several manufacturers. In this regard, Apple definitely offers more possibilities than Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The update of the Hue app (App Store link) released this morning contains three improvements for HomeKit integration: improved synchronization with HomeKit when changes are made to the Hue app fixed a HomeKit problem where names in the Home app do not match names in the Hue app corrected a HomeKit problem where saving a scene in HomeKit would cause the “value is higher than maximum” error Luckily, I haven’t been able to find any of the three problems mentioned in connection with HomeKit.
Does the Hue Smart Button cause problems with the stability of the whole system? Basically, it’s just a simple switch. So I didn’t worry much after the following email from Hueblog reader Thomas: “I have 25 lamps and 13 switches, and the system is getting noticeably unstable. Some lamps are not reachable, react delayed, switches do not work.
I already mentioned it in my test report about the Philips Hue Smart Button: Signify didn’t think all the way to the end during development. Although the mounting plate has matching holes for mounting on a conventional EU switch box, the flat plate cannot be mounted there without removing the light switch that protrudes from the wall.
Any Apple user who has taken a look at HomeKit will have noticed that the Philips Hue motion sensors appear as three different devices: in addition to the motion sensor, there is also measurement data on brightness and temperature. And this is exactly where problems can arise as our friends from SmartApfel have found out.
When it comes to the configuration of Philips Hue components there is no way around iConnectHue on iPhone and iPad. No other iOS application offers that many functions as German developer Stefan Göhler’s app. In 2019, there will be exciting news concerning the almost seven-year-old app. As we have learned exclusively, the developer is currently working on a completely new application: iConnectHue Pro.
Before we can provide big news regarding the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box in October and two exciting products on the market with the new Hue Go and the Hue Smart Button, Philips Hue provides us with a small software update regarding the motion sensor. In its revised version 3.30.0 of the Hue app, more possibilities for the motion sensor were added.
Since its introduction in mid-September, there’s been a lot of discussion about the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Especially regarding its price, the discussion has heated up quite fast and quite a lot. But until I was able to form my own opinion at home – unfortunately I don’t have access to the necessary app for the control unit at the moment – we just want to hide the 249,99 Euro.
Last week, a newsletter from Philips Hue appeared, including hints of a third generation Hue Bridge. Only in the small print, but still. Now the Signify editorial team reacts. Not only did they feel compelled to inform me personally that the mention of the third generation Hue Bridge in the newsletter was simply a mistake: they also responded in social media and even sent out another newsletter to clarify the error.
First of all: defects can always occur, even with brand new devices. I had to experience this first hand on my Philips Hue Lily last year. Now it is the Hue White Filament lamps that cause problems for some users. I have received several emails with the same content: the lamps are flickering in some places.
Something’s going on in the Hue world: last week alone numerous new products have been launched. By no means that is all that awaits us this year. But not only Signify is busy, other manufacturers are as well: Berlin-based start-up Senic has teamed up with Gira to create its own Friends of Hue switch.