Philips Hue bulbs won't get Matter support when promised

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The deadline that Philips set for Matter support in Hue smart bulbs and lights is about to go zooming by, and it's not clear when the update will arrive.

Philips Hue smart lightbulbs
Philips Hue smart lightbulbs


Matter is a standard that aims to standardize communications between different smart home frameworks and platforms, such as HomeKit. However, while support from major smart lighting producer Philips Hue was supposed to arrive in the first quarter of 2023, it seems like the schedule has slipped.

Philips Hue has pledged support for Matter in the past, and that a first-quarter release was on the cards. With the first quarter set to end within days, HueBlog asked about the status of the software update, and had some bad news.

In its response, Philips Hue cited a focus on "convincing quality to meet our customers' expectations" as being the reason for an extended working period. "Therefore, we will take a little more time than originally planned for the Philips Hue Bridge software update before making it available to all consumers."

Philips Hue didn't specify when it would ship, but that it will offer "a concrete date for the release" as soon as possible.

Rather than updating all of its devices, the Bridge software update will instead affect the company's hubs, which Hue devices use to connect to the network and other Smart Home platforms.

While Philips Hue devices will continue to function as normal with other smart home platforms, the addition of Matter stands to improve how smart homes operate. By making it easier to connect devices compatible with different ecosystems, it should simplify outfitting a smart home for consumers.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    I’d rather have them delay and ensure it is working properly then release it on time with a bug that could brick or otherwise disable the hub, thereby affecting anything connected to that hub. 
    edited March 2023 pichaelwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,434member
    Ive begun to move away from Philips.  They've gotten stale yet still think they command premium pricing. 

    The new Nanoleaf Essential line just announced should trounce Hue in price/performance. 

    The new Lytmi  box is clearly better than the Hue Play at syncing lights to video content. 

    I'm not bullish on Hue being able to stay ahead of the led market in general.  Goveee is eating them up from the low end 
    the higher end wants 0-10v or DMX support.

    There's less of a reason to need to buy into the Hue ecosystem.  I might buy one or two more Hue products but that's about it. 


    bala1234watto_cobrafreeassociate2
  • Reply 3 of 5
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,960member
    Nanoleaf strip lights blow my Hue strips out of the water. I’ve been getting more of them. I still use Hue for the 1600 lumen multi-color bulbs. 
    bala1234watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Nanoleaf strip lights blow my Hue strips out of the water. I’ve been getting more of them. I still use Hue for the 1600 lumen multi-color bulbs. 
    Ditto. I haven’t found brighter bulbs yet.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Ive begun to move away from Philips.  They've gotten stale yet still think they command premium pricing. 

    The new Nanoleaf Essential line just announced should trounce Hue in price/performance. 

    The new Lytmi  box is clearly better than the Hue Play at syncing lights to video content. 

    I'm not bullish on Hue being able to stay ahead of the led market in general.  Goveee is eating them up from the low end 
    the higher end wants 0-10v or DMX support.

    There's less of a reason to need to buy into the Hue ecosystem.  I might buy one or two more Hue products but that's about it. 


    Thanks for posting that, I hadn’t seen the Lytmi setup yet. Looks nice. 

    I’ve kept an eye on Govee, but haven’t bought anything yet. Just purchased a Lifx candle bulb to test — cost was way below what Hue is asking.
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