Philips Hue 3.0 is the smart light update you've been waiting for

It's been a long time in the making — we saw an early demo all the way back at CES — but Philips has finally released its Hue 3.0 app for Android and iOS, overhauling its design and offering much quicker access to presets for individual lights. There are also 30 new scenes created by Philips' lighting experts, who test combinations of colors and ambiance.

Philips told us that it has fielded complaints from customers upset that certain customization aspects of the app were removed from 1.0 to 2.0 — now they're back, and more thoughtfully implemented.

The company says that there is a new feature that lets you "extract the relevant colors from your favorite pictures and intelligently [apply] them to your lights," which is another long-awaited feature users have been asking for. There's a new color picker, too, that encourages users to get really specific with the lights they're changing.

The update will be available later in May.

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