Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, has released a brand new version of the Hue application that gives you a quick way to control your smart lights. The company has redesigned Philips Hue The app, starting with the Home tab, now shows all your lights and scenes in tile view.
You don’t have to dig if you want to set the brightness, temperature and color of each light or if you want to create and edit presets for their groups. Plus, you can discover and preview scenes created by Hue’s lighting experts from the tab’s new Hue Scenes gallery. If you have multiple Hue bridges, the tab will also give you the ability to quickly switch between them.
As far as the Routines tab is concerned, it has been replaced with the Automation tab which offers more advanced options for customization. For example, for Coming Home or Leaving Home automation, the app can now check if someone is at home before running it, thanks to the new multi-user geofencing feature. That way, it won’t turn off all the lights if someone else is at home when you (assuming you’re the one controlling the automation) leave the house. In addition, Signify has also upgraded Sunset and Sunrise automation, allowing you to choose a specific time to start the automation and turn off the lights after it’s over.
Among other new features and small improvements that make the app more user-friendly is the ability to add a new light to a room from within the Rooms tab. The redesigned Hue app is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play, and the update will automatically arrive on your device in the coming days.
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