If you are trying to add smart lighting to your home, it is hard to beat Philips Hue. Whether you want to create multicolored zones or just add a little atmosphere to a room, switching to Hue light makes it super easy to control everything right from your phone. Of course, it does not matter how good Philips bulbs are if the app itself provides a terrible experience. Fortunately, Signify has a brand new iteration of the Hue software now available for download, fixing many bugs in the old version.
The latest version of the app streamlines much of the experience of controlling rooms and zones around your house. While the interface should feel familiar to existing users, it improves usability. A new Home tab displays all the lights and scenes that tile on a single page, with a new option to switch between multiple shade bridges around your house. In the meantime, the Routines tab has been replaced by Automations, complete with more advanced settings for additional customization.
The most important addition to the app is without a doubt multi-user support for geofencing. Hue now checks if other users are in the house before running automation when they leave or come home, which should prevent lights from being turned on or off on their partner or roommates. However, motion sensor actions are kept in the individual device settings, not in the new category Automations.
If you want to further customize your experience, in a new gallery you can download “handmade” scenes from lighting experts. Signify also plans to launch dynamic scenes in another update later this summer, giving lights in rooms or zones the ability to go over different effects slowly.
Philips Hue 4.0 is now available in the Play Store for download. Existing users will receive an update to their app once this week.