Philips Hue Bridge owners will now have access to Matter support through a software update, according to the company. This update enables the integration of third-party lights with the smart home system, allowing for seamless operation across different platforms such as Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home, and more. This is especially beneficial for households with multiple smart home platforms or different smartphone brands as it allows Matter lights to be controlled from any device. However, this update does not affect Hue Bridge owners who solely control Philips Hue lamps through Apple's Home app or the Hue app. For Android and iPhone users with third-party lights that support Matter, they can now set up and manage these accessories via the Hue Bridge with the assistance of a Matter border router, such as an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD (4th generation), Apple HomePod, or HomePod mini. To obtain pairing codes for Matter-compatible accessories, users can request them in the Hue app by navigating to the Settings -> Smart Home screen and tapping the plus button. Philips Hue announced its support for the Matter standard when it was officially launched in November 2022. The parent company, Signify, initially planned to release a software update for Philips Hue compatibility in Q1 of 2023 but had to postpone it. Apple added Matter support to its devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, in iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16, and tvOS 16.1, requiring a HomePod or Apple TV for controlling Matter accessories in the Home app or with Siri.
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