Philips Hue Latest Update Locks out Third-Party Smart Bulbs – LEDinside
A recent CNET report has noted Philips Hue latest operation software update in the form has ousted third-party smart bulbs, due to interoperability issues.
The Philips Hue operating software update to version 1.11, released for first and second generation Hue Bridge last week has locked out third-party LED bulbs that also use ZigBee wireless protocol, such as GE Link LED and Cree Connected LED.
Philips explained in a written update and FAQ that interoperability issues with untested third-party products was the main reason. Philips also pointed to â€œconfusing differences in setup and resetting,â€ which has prevented third-party bulbs from working seamlessly with Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch.
While third-party bulbs will no longer be able to work directly with Philips Hue anymore, the company is launching an alternative certify third-party bulb program â€œFriends of Hue,â€ which could bring back third-party bulbs.
Users can no longer add third-party LED bulbs to Philips Hue operating systems anymore, but existing third-party LED bulbs in the setup will not be affected, said Philips.
The CNET report noted Philips should have started with the â€œFriends of Hueâ€ program in the first place instead of forcing users to switch gears after using an operating platform for some time.
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