In an attempt to compete with Amazon Alexa, Google, and Apple HomeKit, Samsung's SmartThings has partnered with Philips Hue. This partnership is being adopted by Matter through a software update to the Philips Hue Bridge. SmartThings started supporting Matter in October 2022.
During a media event in New York City, Samsung, SmartThings, and Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) executives showcased the integration of SmartThings and Philips Hue across various devices, such as TVs, home offices, and gaming setups.
Tracy Coon, Head of Demand Generation at Philips Hue, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating that it brings together two innovative companies striving to simplify people's lives by seamlessly integrating their technologies. With SmartThings integration, users can control not only their Philips Hue lights but also connect them to a range of smart devices, creating a more intuitive, convenient, and energy-efficient home. This partnership goes beyond smart lighting, aiming for a smarter way of life.
In August, Signify expanded its lighting offerings with the Philips Hue Secure line of smart products, including indoor and outdoor cameras, door and window sensors, and a new Security Center within the Philips Hue app. All these products can be integrated with Philips Hue lighting.
Additionally, Signify recently launched the programmable Philips Hue Festavia string lights in three variants: 100 LEDs (8 meters of cord), 250 LEDs (20 meters of cord), and 500 LEDs (40 meters of cord) for indoor and outdoor use. The primary lighting controls can be managed through the SmartThings app and the SmartThings Station Hub. However, specific lighting functions, such as mood lighting, are still controlled through the Philips Hue app. To integrate Philips Hue devices into a home WiFi network, they need to be connected via the Hue Bridge. Promotional plans for the holiday season are still in progress.
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