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Philips Hue, one of the major smart lighting producers, has missed its deadline for adding support for Matter, a standard aimed at standardizing communication between various smart home frameworks and platforms, including HomeKit. Matter was supposed to be supported by Philips Hue in the first quarter of 2023. However, the first quarter is about to end, and there is still no word on when the update will arrive.
Philips Hue has promised to support Matter in the past and had plans to release it in the first quarter. Inquiring about the software update’s status, HueBlog has received some unfortunate news.
According to Philips Hue’s response, the company’s focus is on ensuring quality to meet customer expectations, which has extended the 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 has not specified a new release date but has promised to offer “a concrete date for the release” as soon as possible.
Instead of updating all its devices, the Bridge software update will 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 normally with other smart home platforms, Matter’s addition should improve how smart homes operate.
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Matter aims to make it easier to connect devices compatible with different ecosystems, simplifying and outfitting smart homes for consumers. Therefore, Philips Hue’s delayed support for Matter may come as a disappointment to some smart home enthusiasts who were eagerly awaiting the update.