The first generation Philips Hue bridge, released in the now distant 2012, will stop being supported starting April 30th. In other words, from that date, you will lose access to online services. Signify, the company that was once known as Philips Lighting, also mentioned in a tweet that the first generation bridge will no longer receive software updates after the end of next month.
And so, after 8 years of honored career, Signify will no longer support the device by May, although it will still be possible to control the bridge locally through the dedicated app.
The affected version, just to understand, that of the round bridge, while the more recent versions, which will continue to be supported, are square. Although many will still be able to have a first version bridge at home, it should also be remembered that the new Hue lights no longer require a bridge for correct operation, although it will still be necessary in case you want to connect additional accessories, such as motion sensors, as it remains necessary to access the most advanced functions.
The termination of support for the first generation Philips Hue bridge means that users who own it will no longer be able to use the functions that require Internet access, including control when away from home. In any case, ignition, adjustment and shutdown will still be available after the end of April 30 when the user is at home via smartphone and app.
The retirement of Hue's first generation bridge does not come by surprise, however. Signify has stopped releasing updates for the device since April 2019. This is the first tangible sign of how connected devices have evolved in the past decade anyway. In fact, it was time to say goodbye to the first Hue bridge.
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