Philips Hue: Just Kidding About Blocking Third-Party Bulbs

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Philips Hue DRM Update Blocks Third-Party Light Bulbs.

A new update to the Philips Hue operating software within the popular iOS app has brought about a few changes to the way the lighting system functions with third-party accessories.

We are seeing an increasing number of interoperability issues with these untested third party products, which are causing increasing confusion for our installed base. The company stresses that it is still committed to open technology and that it will continue to push for the ZigBee Light Link being the best standard for private homes’ lighting control.

It has launched new Friends of Hue program under which it will certify and test 3rd party products to guarantee a consistent and long term interoperable experience also for these products. Examples include Twitter restricting its API uses, Google becoming less open with Android, keeping Google Mobile Services proprietary, Facebook shutting down its friends’ data API, Spotify removing third-party apps from the desktop player, etc. Let’s hope that most connected bulb manufacturers will join the program so that users planning on buying other bulbs won’t be disappointed by this decision.

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