Philips Hue 3.0 App Update Brings Refined Design, Picture-to-Light Feature, Fast Controls, 30 New Photo Scenes

Philips has announced Hue 3.0 for iOS and Android, a major update to the smart lighting system app that adds an overhauled interface, new scene options, faster controls, and a redesigned color picker. Here are some more in-depth details you need to know about this upgrade.

In the world of smart homes and automation, there are few easier ways for users to dip their toes in than to pick up some smart light bulbs, which gives the smart lighting controller an updated look while restoring some missing features.

Hue 3.0 isn’t totally redesigned from scratch either, but is more refined – so it shouldn’t be overwhelming for users like previous upgrades. Instead, Philips Hue gets a new design which is visually less rough around the edges and generally smoother and more responsive to color and lighting changes. With the large version of 3.0 update for both iOS and Android apps, Philips Hue is undoubtedly the big brand making it easier than ever for users to choose just the right color and brightness of their bulbs.

One of the new features to try is long-pressing on tiles to quickly change light colors or select from your four most recently used scenes. This feature is a bit hidden since you can also tap on a tile to access standard controls, but it should be used once you learn it.

The gripes Philip Hue owners had about the existing app is that it simply takes for too many taps to do simple things. That appears to be something the app engineers have worked on, reducing the time it takes to change colors or select one of the past four scenes to be applied.

The app delivers a new look-and-feel and convenient shortcuts, so you can adjust your Philips Hue smart lighting in a few simple taps. For example, with a single press and hold on your room setup or individual lights, you can even change the color or set your four last used scenes.

Speaking of scenes, Philips Hue 3.0 gets no fewer than 30 new options for users to choose from and brings back a feature that lets you turn photos into lighting scenes. Alongside that, another very regularly requested feature has been added.

Once the update lands users will be able to use a photo and then have the Hue app select a lighting color based on that image.

The new interface allows Hue owners to change the brightness, color, and shade of white of individual lights, which also includes more convenient shortcuts for adjusting lights in fewer taps. For sake, pressing and holding on a room setup or individual lights lets you change the color or set your four last used scenes.


…the app update gives you more scenes to choose from and lets you easily create your own personal scenes. The app extracts the relevant colors from your favorite pictures and intelligently applies them to your lights, bringing your pictures to life.

The new color picker lets you group and ungroup lights in a room for instance, and choose an exact shade of white or colored light from the palette. The app also comes with new scenes, as well as a much-requested picture-to-light feature that lets you extract relevant colors from your favorite pictures and apply them to your lights.

Elsewhere, the app includes lighting routines to automatically dim lights at night and gradually turn them on in the morning, while the location awareness feature means lights can be set to turn on when the owner arrives at home or turn off immediately when they leave. Furthermore, the timer function activates lights after a specified time set by triggering a scene or simply flashing the lights.

Philips hasn’t given an exact release date timeframe for the Hue 3.0 update, but expected to be coming “this month.” While Philips Hue 3.0 press release simply saying the download will be available “this May.” Hopefully, we will see it in the App Store and Google Play Store soon. But there’s a good chance it could begin rolling out as soon as today. [Direct Link]

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