Philips Hue will get a sleeker new app rebuilt ‘from the bottom up’

The Philips Hue app is getting an enormous replace on Thursday. The workforce at Signify, which makes Hue lights, has rebuilt the app “from the bottom up” to make it simpler to make use of. The brand new model seems to be principally the identical as the present app, however it has tweaks across the edges to make it faster to entry totally different controls.

One of many larger modifications is quicker entry to room controls. Now, once you faucet on a room or zone, the app will current a grid of all of the out there lights and pre-set scenes so you could find them instantly. Within the prior model, you needed to swap forwards and backwards throughout totally different tabs that have been simple to get misplaced in.

You’ll additionally now have the ability to add new lights from inside the Room tab — not simply the Settings menu — and should you’re an influence consumer with a number of Hue bridges, the app will allow you to swap between them from a button on the principle display.

If you open a room, you’ll now see a grid of scene and light-weight choices.
Picture: Signify

Signify is changing the “routines” function with a brand new “automations” tab, which is meant to supply extra superior choices for triggering your lights on and off. The app also can now consider whether or not one other particular person is already dwelling when triggering “coming dwelling” or “leaving dwelling” automations, so the lights received’t all flip off simply because the Hue app’s controller stepped out of the home.

The brand new app launches Thursday for iOS and Android. Signify says that later this summer season, it’ll observe up with an replace introducing “dynamic scenes” that enable lights to cycle by means of totally different colours over time.

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