The Philips Hue Bridge Is Getting A Matter Update Next Year
Philips has announced that its Hue Bridge is now Matter-certified and that a new software update to add full support will be available for users to download in the first quarter of 2023.
Don’t want to wait until then? Philips has made a beta version of the firmware available to download right now.
It’s aimed at developers, but anyone can get their hands on it now if they are feeling brave enough, The Verge notes.
The new Matter support should make it easier for people to set up a Philips Hue Bridge in the future, but HomeKit customers who already have things set up are going to have to deal with a little bit of disruption out the gate.
Signify says that the Hue Bridge update will preserve previous settings and personalizations in the Philips Hue App, as well as Google and Amazon integrations. But Apple HomeKit users will need to reset to connect again via Matter.
There are other caveats, too. The Philips Hue Play HDMI sync box and the dial pf the Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch won’t work because they aren’t yet supported by the Matter specification. Hopefully that will change in the future, but for now, it’s a no-go.
Today is a big day for Matter, with support being added to a ton of devices. Amazon today also confirmed that it is adding Matter support to a ton of Echo and Eero hardware, too.