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New App For Philips Hue

Signify announced that it is launching a new redesign application for Philips Hue. The update is set to roll out globally over the next week. The announcement is rife with all the marketing commotion about improved performance, more spontaneous controls and streamlined automation, after testing a preview version of the app for the last week.

The new Philips Hue app retains most if not all of the same functions as the previous version; it just shuffles them around and groups them together a bit differently, while adding more color cues that let you know which bulbs are set to which color and brightness settings.In the previous version to swap around lights within various rooms and zones, users had to delve into the app’s settings menu, everything was plain text with no visual elements to guide them. If you wanted to rename a light and move it to a different room, you’d have to plunge into two different submenus one for lights and one for rooms and zones to get it done.

In a new feature called Dynamic Scenes that aren’t scheduled to arrive until later this summer, lights will slowly change over time rather than remaining a single, static colour. Dynamic Scenes is similar to an experimental feature that’s been available in Hue Labs which is called Living Scenes. Controls and their associated animations seem snappier.

The updated Philips Hue app should be available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store starting today. When you open the new app for the first time, you’ll be guided through a migration process that will hopefully retain all of your previous settings, scenes and routines

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