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Philips Shows Off Prototype Hue Notification Center Widget for iOS 8

Philips today tweeted an image demonstrating how the Philips Hue app for its iPhone-controlled line of lights might look when integrated into iOS 8's Notification Center.

As seen in the image, adding a Hue widget to the Notification Center would potentially give users direct access to an off switch and a selection of light scenes.

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Currently, the Philips Hue line of lights, which includes various bulbs and accent lights, is controlled through the Philips Hue app and through various third-party apps. Access to Hue controls in Notification Center would make it much simpler for users to turn off lights or choose their favorite scenes, as it would not require an app to be launched.

As described during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 8's Notification Center allows third-party apps to create widget extensions to display information directly in the "Today" view. Right now, Apple limits Today view to integration with its own stock apps like Calendar, Stocks, and Weather, but with iOS 8, users will be given far more customization options thanks to third-party integration.

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Posted: 12 weeks ago
Apple should have just replaced the "Missed" panel with a "Dashboard" or "Wdigets" panel. A dedicated widgets panel would have made more sense.

There are going to be way too many widgets lined up one after another. It's going to be too busy.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago

Looks pretty ugly, but functional I guess.


"concept prototype"
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
Holy awesome batman. I really can't wait for Homekit to be fully up and running. Can't wait to tell Siri I'm going to bed, then bam: Doors locked, garage door closed, alarm set and my hue lights shut off inside house.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
Philips makes some pretty cool products, but my god, their user interfaces are ugly.

Dear Philips, please hire some professionals to do your UI/UX/GUI — it is what your products deserve.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
I like my Hue lamps, but I don't like the software. Philips need to hire a new team of people to do the user interface. Is has been a lost cause for too long. I no longer believe time will fix it. The problem seems to be Philips themselves think their software is great.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
As a Hue owner, The app was ugly until they did an iOS7 update to it. Now it is fine. For those saying it doesn't work, I disagree. It works pretty flawlessly for me.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago

Phillips just broke Apple's NDA.

Unless they got permission from Apple with them being such a big company.

Not like the NDA matters anyway.


There is no NDA for stuff Apple already showed.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
I currently am using "Hey Siri" and an app called "My Lights" so when my phone is on a charger("Hey Siri" Requirement) I just say Open My Lights and the app turns lights on.

(iterm. solution till Homekit.)


Holy awesome batman. I really can't wait for Homekit to be fully up and running. Can't wait to tell Siri I'm going to bed, then bam: Doors locked, garage door closed, alarm set and my hue lights shut off inside house.

Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago
I'd never thought I'd see the day third party devs were making widgets for Notification Center :')
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 12 weeks ago

This is officially the laziest generation in the history of the planet.

Wait til someone gets their networked lamp hacked and someone steals their tax returns off their computer over their home wifi network.


You're not kidding. Loved "WALL-E" for having a go at humanity's self-destructive dive towards a dependence on all things technological, and the irony that Pixar produced it is icing on the cake. :)
Rating: 2 Votes

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