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Signify has no plans for Philips Hue with Thread

Speaking to colleagues at Matter-SmartHome, Signify’s head of technology at Philips Hue, George Yianni, spoke out in support of both Matter and Thread. Information from him shouldn’t appeal to all smart home fans. So on the one hand, you are really behind on Matter, but you are not interested in Thread.

Philips Hue range products are expected to be compatible as soon as Matter launches. According to Yianni, this is a matter of course, since Philips Hue has always played at the forefront of technology in the smart home. This was already the case with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit support. This is also important because of the networking options customers want with other smart home products. But all of this also means a lot of behind-the-scenes effort. The matter is seen as an opportunity, which is why they are directly involved in standardization. If Matter catches on over time, which Signify expects, then you will be able to focus on that and free up capacity for other things because you no longer have to optimize for different integrations.

Thread, on the other hand, did not prove valid according to the manager. Yianni fears there will be many companies with many different implementations on the same network. You see this as a risk and therefore have no plans to develop lamps with a wire. We don’t want to rule this out completely for the future, but we are currently expecting and seeing an attitude. You want to offer your customers a long half-life with your products.

This also includes making all 2nd generation Hue bridges suitable for Matter with a software update, which we had already collected in the blog. The head of Philips Hue also points out that matter primarily plays a role in the background. Most end customers will have nothing to do with the standard directly, as it lies beneath the surface. Users will continue to use Alexa, Google, HomeKit, and Co. and rely on everything to work.

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