Philips finally after 3.5 years released second major update of their official stock app for their Philips Hue bulbs. They call it Philips Hue App Gen 2 (iOS and Android). Let’s get right away to pros and cons compared to Philips Hue App Gen 1 (iOS and Android).
1. New User Interface
It is what anyone will notice as first thing. It finally doesn’t look like from last century. However being it a more visually attractive app than the hue gen 1, it is also important to note that it doesn’t look very native to iOS. It looks as if it was designed by an Android UI/UX designer.
Finally, Philips needed to wait 2.5 years to realize that people will not use their bulbs only in one room. What is very surprising, though, is that even though your light groups are stored on your bridge, you have to set the rooms from scratch which messes up other 3rd party apps.
3. Brightness Control
What is really nicer and much easier is the ability to change the intensity of any light bulb or lamp, as well as ability to change brightness in any room or in all house.
Routines allow you to schedule when to turn the lights on. You can’t set the duration of a routine. You can save your routines.
4. Multiple Bridge Support
Finally, hue gen 2 is also designed for heavy users that have more than 50 bulbs in their home which means they have more than just one bridge.
1. Scenes from Gen 1 Gone
When you happened to have your favorite light scenes in hue app gen 1, you don’t automatically have them in gen 2. Even worse, you cannot even import them to gen 2. So, bye bye your old scenes from gen 1.
2. Massier App Structure
It is more difficult to navigate in the app. Many times you feel lost in the app. Even though the gen 1 didn’t look especially attractive, you never had an issue with being lost in the app.
3. Ability To Pick Colors from Photo Is No More
This is one of the best features of Gen 1. In a matter of fact, no other apps had this solved as elegantly as Philips did in the first app.
3. Missing iPad and Apple Watch App
So far, no word were said about it, so we are full of expectation when Philips is planning to do so. In the meanwhile, we can use the Gen 1 for iPad or Watch App.
Philips hue owners were truly waiting for Siri updates but none came.
What do you think of this update? Hue App Gen 2 vs. Gen 1 — Which one is the winner for you? Let Us Know in the comments.