by Brent Dirks
August 12, 2014
The companion iOS app for the Philips Hue connected lighting system has just been updated with the move to version 1.5. Most importantly, the new version showcases some interesting third-party apps compatible with the app-controlled lights. It also improves support for the Hue lux white-only bulbs. The update also brings a number of UI improvements. Here’s the complete list:
- Merged Light Control and Light Overview into a single Lights menu option (iPhone/iPod only) - Improved responsiveness of scene recall and enabled background scene blurring for all devices - The photos on the Scenes dashboard have been given a new more modern look - Improved interaction for scene creation and editingA universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Philips Hue can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. If you don’t have the smart lighting system, you can purchase a starter kit for $199.95 at a number of retailers, including Apple’s online store. Version 1.4 of the app arrived in late June. That version moved the alarms, timers, and geofencing options to a dedicated menu. If you’re a fan of shark carnage, you can download the Syfy Sync app and have your Hue lights synchronize with “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” Read more about that partnership here. For other app news and reviews today, see: Help the Brave Furries get out of a hairy situation in this charming puzzle game, Easily make chic posters from your photos with PosterLabs, and Become a TourStar in this music simulation game and win real world prizes.
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