Philips’ original model Hue Bridge — obsolete by the company’s popular Hue bulbs to interface with smartphones and digital assistants — is losing toughen for all internet linked companies and products on April 30th, 2020, including Google Assistant and Alexa.
As soon as that date passes, customers will peaceful be able to employ the Hue Bridge v1, but only when linked to the same local community using the legacy Philips Hue Bridge v1 app. However, Philips received’t be offering any unique software updates for the app, including security patches. Due to these security concerns, Philips recommends that customers upgrade to the v2 model of the Bridge rather than continue using the limited functionality of the v1.
The company actually announced that the v1 Bridge can be losing toughen last year, but the stream is peaceful significant: most Hue products aren’t functional with out the Bridge to serve as a hub, and it’s the primary major deprecation of any Hue products since the company first started selling them in October 2012.
Philips first introduced the v2 Bridge model in 2015, as part of an update to add toughen for Apple’s HomeKit smart home expertise (at the time, Apple required manufacturers to have a physical hardware authentication chip to work with HomeKit, although it has since eased up on that restriction.) It’s easy to narrate in case you’ve acquired the v1 Bridge or now not: the original model (the one that’s losing internet toughen) is circular shaped one, whereas the v2 model is rectangular one.
In a comment toCNETexplaining the choice, Philips illustrious that “The Hue bridge v1 no longer has the resources to guarantee the evolution of the gadget — from compatibility and quality, to pace and security — thus we determined to stop the toughen for it.”
Philips also tried to reassure customers of the sizzling v2 model on Twitter that they shouldn’t fear a similar lack of toughen soon, noting that “there is now not a planned date when the Bridge v2 will no longer be supported.” Another tweet added that “There may be at indicate no scheduled stop of life for the V2 bridge, and we’re now not working on a unique bridge at the 2nd either so will continue working with the V2.”