But the competition is heating up.
LIFX, a three-year-old startup that rose to power after launching a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012, has recently released a major firmware update for its eponymous smart bulb and ushered in a few features that should make Philips sweat a little bit.
- Simplified setup
- Remote control through the Cloud
- Improved security that allows guests to control your lights but not edit their labels
- Nest Protect and Nest Learning Thermostat integrations
- New IFTTT control, allowing integration with a vast array of web services such as Facebook, Twitter, weather apps, and other connected devices
- A brand-new Smarts tab, which allows users to activate themes, and even set recurring alarms
We haven’t had a chance to test drive the new and improved software quite yet, but if LIFX delivers on what it’s promising here, this update should be a big step forward. Even before the update, LIFX bulbs were arguably more advanced than Hue bulbs in terms of hardware. They’re brighter, have a broader color spectrum, longer lifespan, and don’t require a hub to connect to your home network. Their only shortcoming was lackluster software features, which this LIFX 2.0 update has presumably changed.
Stay tuned for our head-to-head comparison piece; we’re gonna hit the testing lab and get back to you.