Hue Companion allows you to control your Philips Hue lights on BlackBerry 10

By Bla1ze on 2 Jul 2014 01:55 pm EDT
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Have a set of Philips Hue lights in your home or elsewhere? If so, then you no doubt noticed there's not a lot of compatible apps for them on BlackBerry 10, let alone a native official app offered up by Philips. Thankfully, there's a lot of smart native BlackBerry devs out there and because of that, there's now a native solution filtering through BlackBerry World right now. With deep integration into the BlackBerry 10, you can now conveniently control your lights with Hue Companion.

  • Easy guided configuration of your Hue lights and Bridge
  • Full control over precise hue, saturation and brightness of each individual lamp
  • Full control over precise hue, saturation and brightness of all lamps at once
  • Save 'scenes' - your favourite combinations of lights set exactly as you want them!
  • Administer your lights - change their names to suit their locations precisely Set Schedules to turn them on and off Fully integrated into BlackBerry 10 Hub
  • Fully BBM integrated app - make your friends aware of your new toys - share via BBM, Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn - Share your favourite 'scenes' via QR code with your friends via BBM or Email - Scan in your friends 'scenes' via QR code to use their favourite lighting settings
  • Advanced integration with a Pebble Smartwatch - set your lights on/off or activate a 'scene' all from your wrist (Talk2Watch Pro app required)
  • Upfront active frame integration (requires 3rd party app Upfront)

So how does it work? Well, Kevin has a set of Hue lights and he tested the app on his Z30 for us and reports it definitely works. The screen shortcuts for things like making all lights blue or orange, or picking scenes like sunset or reading are awesome and even though some of the advanced features may take some time to get used to, they're great to have implemented.

So how much does the convenience cost? Well, Hue Companion is available in BlackBerry World for $2.99 which, considering all that it does and being a native app is a pretty darn good price! We'll be looking for get a further review up for you all interested but for now, you can grab the app by hitting the link.

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Hue Companion allows you to control your Philips Hue lights on BlackBerry 10

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We need these very smart, native BlackBerry devs!! A small but strong and committed group can do wonders to bring out the best in the BlackBerry Experience.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Me either but, after reading this article, I'm going to do the knowledge of them. Great article and shout out to the developer for a native app.

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Probably would be funny having one in a room with a relative that's visit for the weekend. Maybe as a halloween prank or something

"Once You Go Black You Never Go Back"

This should have been part of the blog post. A real hands-on demo. Looks like Kevin or Bla1ze haven't got time or won't invite us home (privacy reasons, we understand!).

Anyway, thanks for posting, and kudos to the dev!

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I have noticed that vids have been lacking on the posts here where a few years ago they would've been there.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

I was always wondering if some of these apps for consumer products worked properly as APK, but nice to see something native.

"Classic" better be called "Bold Q20" or "Bold 10" 

Damn, now to try and justify the 200.00 cost of a Hue starter kit... what's the energy savings from LED?

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

I like the concept but jeeeez why you need ANOTHER "router-wifi" to use them? They should just make use of the already existing wifi in your home!

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Hue lights don't use wifi they use a lower energy wireless standard called zigbee which can daisy chain the signal, so need the bridge to get the wifi from your phone to the bulbs

Guess who provides the PKI and certificate authentication for zigbee? Certicom. And guess who owns Certicom? BlackBerry. Guess who doesn't have a native app from Philips? oh..

But HOW does it get the lights to change color, or do anything to the lights? Are they internet connected? :S

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I bet you this Phillips Hue Light environment runs on QNX just like quit a bit of the home automation equipment does.

Blackberry has a real chance in the IoT (internet of things) environment with its QNX OS and GE uses it all over the place.

I attended a Philips presentation shortly after this product was launched, highlighting all the wonderful things that you could do with this lamp by way of your iPhone. When it came to the Q+A, I whipped-out my 9000 from its holster and said "And what can you do for me?" Well, you can probably guess the answer.

My home is a veritable shrine to Philips (just about every E26 socket sports an L-Prize, which still remains the gold-standard in LED technology), but the Hue never captured my fancy. And even with this BlackBerry app, I'm still not sold on the concept.

Now, if someone were to develop a native app for the Efergy elite engage power monitor (http://efergy.com/ca/), I'd be elbowing my way to the front of the line.

Never got the point of hue bulbs. You have to use an app to operate them you can't control them locally from the switch.

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You can turn them on an off with the switch, but can also have full control via an app. Also Phillips recently came out with a switch that you can pair 4 scenes to and doesn't require a power source. Obviously you won't have full color control with the regular switch you have on the wall now.

$109 on amazon.ca, gets you an entire package of 1 bulb!?! I don't think so.

You're better off with a wifi controlled switch anyway.

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Solid!

These are the kinds of applications we all need and want!

I don't even own such lights yet after the dentist I will be buying this application then purchasing the lights when I move. Crazy you say, know it's because this solution saves me money on hydro, and fashionable decorum ay my new apartment and will allow a developer to have an evening on their hard work filling in a need where a gap clearly exists!!

I support native BB10 developers!

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

Ha smart bulbs how long until smart dildos?

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About 5 years, calculated at 8 hours a day. Which means in real terms a lot better than incandescents and ULS bulbs, and brighter and lower power too. So you save some money on electricity, and a bit more on less visits to the optician.... not a bad deal IMHO :)

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Oh hell........... yes I'm putting on my clothes right now and I am heading over to Home depo to pick me up one. The Money I will save with all my forgetful kids forgetting to turn off lights in da house more money in my pockets ;).... lol..

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