Phillips announced at CES in January that it was working on a major overhaul of the Hue app and we have been eagerly awaiting this update. Well we finally got version 3.0 of the Phillips Hue App which is a complete redesign of the app and brought with it new scenes (30 to be exact) and shortcuts.
I have always been a fan of the Phillips Hue App because it looked good (I like minimal, dark themed apps) so I was not overly excited about an app redesign but I also have always been a fan of the Phillips Hue Scenes and was excited to see more coming. I am however happy with the UI update to the Hue app as it does add a bit of color and a modern feel yet still keeps the black background and simple approach. I particularly like the way the home screen looks now as you can see a lot more of what is going on with your different rooms easier.
One complaint I have always had with the Phillips Hue app is the all on/off toggle at the top of the home screen. Why is this even a thing and why is it not labeled what it is? For me at least I have Phillips Hue lights in almost every room in my house and I can not think of a reason to want to turn them all on at one time so that just does not make any sense to me.
On top of 30 new scenes coming to Phillips Hue, an old feature has been brought back, the ability to create scenes based off of your own photos! I used this feature a lot, I am a sucker for tweekability and colorful scenes and I am glad it is back.
Overall the Phillips Hue app functions the same and most will be comfortable with the updated UI. The Hue app is easier to navigate in fewer clicks and this update brings some additions that I think a lot of people wanted. I would have loved to see the addition of Living Scenes outside of Hue Labs but I am okay with it just being a labs feature for now.
What are your thoughts on the Phillips Hue App update? Let me know in the comments below.
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