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Philips Hue companion app adds an iOS 8 Notification Center widget

Philips Hue companion app adds an iOS 8 Notification Center widget

November 6, 2014

First teased all the way back in June, the official companion app of the Philips Hue lightning system has just been updated with a great addition – an iOS 8 Notification Center widget.

That means users can now have direct access to a number of lighting scenes directly from the widget without having to open up the app.

As you can see, I can turn all my lights off or select a specific scene with just one tap. It’s a great feature that really makes it easier to control the system.

Version 1.7, along with fixing a geofencing issue, is now optimized for the higher resolution handsets of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The universal app, designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. You can purchase a starter Hue kit, complete with a bridge and three light bulbs, at a number of retailers for $199.95 – including Apple’s online store.

Earlier this year, Philips also unveiled the Hue Lux bulb that only shines a warm, white light. A starter kit with two of those bulbs retails for $99.95.

For other app news and reviews today, see: Set sail and experience The Sailor’s Dream, the new story-driven game from Simogo, Weather app Seasonality Go updated with universal support for the iPhone and more, and Magic 2015 for iPad updated with new Garruk’s Revenge expansion.

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