It’s been almost two years since Philips Hue released a big update for its app. Since then some new features have been added but in visual terms, everything has remained the same. Smart lamps are also available from other manufacturers – and in this case, LIFX is showing how modern and useful such an app might look like.
The application iConnectHue (App Store link) for iPhone and iPad, which is now partly subscription-based, has received its first functional update after the major upgrade a few months ago. It comes with the exclusive long print, which I already presented to you a few weeks ago. What else there is to discover?
iConnectHue (App Store-Link) for iPhone and iPad has always offered the possibility to assign a long keystroke to the Philips Hue dimmer switch, and more recently to the Philips Hue Smart Button. Until now, this function had only one disadvantage: the long key press was always executed in addition to the short key press.
Last year, Philips introduced Hue zones in the Hue app. This made it possible to either combine several rooms or group individual lamps within a room. Until now, the zones were a beta feature but this will change with the update to version 3.4.0 of the Hue app.
Actually, this should have been the case by the end of 2019, but finally there is a highly official announcement and probably an update soon: the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box finally gets further improvements. First and foremost concern is the connection to infrared remote controls.
Even though most of us still rely on the full-grown Hue system with a bridge, I don’t want to leave out today’s update for the Bluetooth version of the Hue app. It is interesting for beginners who want to start with only a few bulbs – or for children’s rooms where the child’s smartphone should only display lamps from their own room.
Do you remember my previous articles from November 2019? Back then, I reported that using the Hue Smart Button causes problems with third-party accessories, especially when used with the popular Innr Smart Plug. Also affected were Innr lamps or ZigBee products from Paul Neuhaus. As soon as the Smart Button is connected to the Bridge, these devices lose their connection after a few hours.
On Sunday, the probably biggest update of iConnectHue (App Store link) was released. There are many new features, new in-app purchases and two different subscriptions – and of course many comments under my article here in the Hueblog and also over at appgefahren.de. Understandably, user comments drift far apart.
I was allowed to announce it to you a few weeks ago and in the comments there was already a lot of discussion around it. Now it is here: the new iConnectHue. Before I will go into detail in the next few days, especially of course with the new, optional subscription model, I would like to provide you with the new features of the update today.
For almost a year now, the Philips Hue Ensis has been hanging above the dining table at my colleague Frederick’s and he is still very taken with the individual lighting. I guess this is also true for most of the Hueblog readers who bought the Ensis. Still, during installation one little thing made you despair.