Philips Hue today tweeted an open call for beta testers to join in putting the company's new and overhauled lighting app through its paces. Users will help Philips "shape a whole new lighting experience" through the beta test, which has already mostly been tested by the company and is seeking fans of Hue to help "with the last finishing touches."

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Users on iOS 8 and higher or Android 4.4 and higher will be able to join in on the beta, although it will have a limited availability and not everyone will be able to get in. After a few minutes of registration, users who get into the beta will be contacted by email with further instructions on how to install the new Hue app onto their smartphone.

Philips didn't give any specifics regarding new features coming to Hue in the update, but screenshots on the company's page hint at a focus on aesthetic and UI changes over drastic new additions to the software. Users interested can apply to be in the Philips Hue beta through Betabound.

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prowlmedia Avatar
109 months ago


Maybe someone sells alternate connectors to slip on to the LED strips to make wiring a whole lot easier.
Well it's 5 wires RGBW and power the strips I buy have connectors each end... So you can cut the connectors off and crimp connect your 1metre gap or what ever soldering the actual strip is damn hard and well the strips are £15 for 5m so not really a problem if you get it wrong. Also you can cut say a 2m and 3m if you need shorter or less you get the 2 end wires
[doublepost=1455757897][/doublepost]This is one of the things I've done with them.

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rwilliams Avatar
109 months ago
The current app is pretty bad, so I'm hoping the new version is a big improvement. I currently use Elgato Eve to control my Hue lights.
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surfingarbo Avatar
109 months ago
In school, I was never picked to be on any sports teams.

Finally, this could be my chance to be picked for something I might actually be good at.
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Gizmotoy Avatar
109 months ago
The current app is pretty bad, so I'm hoping the new version is a big improvement. I currently use Elgato Eve to control my Hue lights.
Agreed. I use Lightbow (fantastic app) to control the lights manually, otherwise I let my Smartthings hub automate them.
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ayale99 Avatar
109 months ago
Signed up. Still have not received a verification email. Anybody else have this problem?
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lolkthxbai Avatar
109 months ago
Woot! Just signed up! Can't wait! I bought the new HomeKit version last year so any new features are very welcome! :)
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