A new update has been rolled out to the Philips Hue app and with it a “ground-up” revamp of over 100 modifications, according to Make Use Of. Philips’s parent company Signify has announced that many of the adjustments included not only improve the apps performance, but also enhance the overall user experience, making it that much easier to set up scenes, automation and more with Hue light bulbs.
A New, Convenient Look
What is apparent immediately is that rooms and zones have been grouped together for easier navigations. Users can also customize these groupings for personal preference. Tapping on a room will then open it up to reveal all lights and fixtures associated with it, displayed in a clean, tile aesthetic. From there, users can rearrange the fixtures at will.
The goal was to make the app feel far more intuitive, keeping in pace with many of the other light control apps and fixtures that populate the market. From the Hue Home screen, users can now access all rooms, zones and devices established within the app and access them with the touch of a button to start setting up lighting scenes.
A notable feature here is the addition of the Hue scene gallery, which allows users to select scenes created by the Philips Hue lighting design team. These scenes range from Relax and Concentrate to Lake Placid and Soho.
Users can also create scenes based off of a photo’s color palette, with Dynamic Scenes planned for future updates.
There’s even additional accessibility features that have been added, like a left-handed mode for brightness.
Automate Lighting With the Revamped Routines
Previously known as Routines, the new Automations sections comes with additional triggers for changes in lighting behavior. Multi-user geofencing allows users to adjust automations based on who’s in the home while other options allow automations to be triggered for sunrise and sunset.
These settings can be even further customized through the use of Entertainment Areas. Working with the Hues Sync line of supplemental lighting products, users can custom tailor environments to their mood when watching TV, playing video games or listening to music.