Yesterday afternoon Philips Hue released another update of its app. Three new features are included in the update, one of which I was able to announce a few weeks ago: You can now share scenes with friends. However, Apple users in particular have to pay attention to one detail. To share a scene, first activate it and then tap on the three small dots next to the scene icon.
It’s time again for the Community Question of the Week – and today we would like to answer a question from Lars. As always, you are welcome to send me your questions by e-mail or leave a comment under an article. And here is Lars’ question: I have fulfilled a dream and bought an 86 inch TV.
This function has been included in Hue Labs for some time now, and will soon also be found in the automations of the Hue app: Mimic Presence. The presence simulation is supposed to increase the security of your home when you are not at home. In any case, security is a topic that Philips Hue will probably deal with even more intensively this year.
We still have to be patient for about a month until the Perifo rail system by Philips Hue will be available in stores. After a first impression in June, I already had the opportunity to try out one of the sets. How it went with the installation, I would like to tell you today.
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.”
Yesterday afternoon, Philips Hue released the next update. Version 4.23 of the official Hue app is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The scene search, which was already briefly available in version 4.22, has also returned. At that time, it was also possible to find and activate a dynamic daylight scene that was actually not yet available.
Philips Hue has only been offering its small E14 candle lamp (in some regions with an E12 base) as a filament variant since last September. So far, the model has just been available with simple white technology, but that is likely to change soon. Images and product information of a Philips Hue White Ambiance Filament candle lamp with an E12 base have now appeared.
There is once again interesting news from Signify, the manufacturer of Philips Hue. The WiZ brand, which was taken over a few years ago, will probably soon be expanded to include a string of lights for outdoor use. No question: this is something I would definitely also like to see from Philips Hue directly.
It’s probably an open secret that Philips Hue will also be presenting new products around IFA in Berlin this year. One of them will be a Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip for PC monitors with a size of 24 to 27 inches. A corresponding product listing including official product photos appeared today in the American online shop Best Buy.
There are some interesting developments around the portable table lamp Philips Hue Go. Only last week, Amazon and Galaxus listed the new model, which is officially supposed to be released in late summer, and allowed pre-orders. However, delivery is unlikely to happen that quickly. As I have learned from several retailers, the new Philips Hue Go portable table lamp will not be launched until January 2023.