With the release of iOS 12 Apple users got a reason to start using Siri again in Shortcuts. In short, Siri Shortcuts allow you to use Siri allows you to perform tasks across multiple apps easily from the dedicated Shortcuts App or by assigning custom trigger phrases for Siri.
Siri Shortcuts opens up a new level of usefulness (was there any usefulness before?) for Siri and Phillips Hue is taking advantage of that an adding support for Siri Shortcuts in their latest app update. This will allow users to set Phillips Hue lighting scenes by using custom triggers and also allows for Siri to “learn” when scenes are used to that she can prompt the user on there iPhone or Apple Watch when it is time to turn that scene on. It is important to note however the integration between Phillips Hue and Siri Shortcuts will require that you are using the Gen 2 Phillips Hue Smart Hub (the square not the circle).
I have always been an Android user but certainly, appreciate some of the technology that Apple brings and Siri Shortcuts is a very nice addition. This sounds a lot like what Amazon is trying to do with Alexa Hunches so over time it should be interested to see the comparison.
Have you tried Siri Shortcuts with Phillips Hue? Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below.
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