Philips Hue Finally Has a Good App

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Philips Hue Finally Has a Good App
The fourth-generation Philips Hue app is a huge visual improvement over its predecessors.
The fourth-generation Philips Hue app is a huge visual improvement over its predecessors.
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It took four generations, but the Philips Hue app is finally a delight to use. In a significant update to its iOS and Android apps, which control its expansive lineup of smart lights and bulbs, Hue now has an overhauled interface and better automation engine, plus a few other subtle tweaks that make the entire experience more enjoyable overall.

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I used the new Philips Hue app on a Pixel 5. From the first screen, the most notable change is the tinge on the interface. The buttons feature prominent shading to stand out as actionable against the relative flatness of the rest of the Android interface. Beyond that, the Hue home page remains unchanged in terms of content.

Tap on a room, and that’s when you’ll notice the real difference. The Hue app sports a new tile interface with quick access to pre-set scenes and the option to add on and customize your own. The Hue Scene gallery had existed before, but it was a bit of a mess. It looks better categorized in version four and a little less overwhelming to navigate.