We’re becoming somewhat numb to the cycle of devices going dark as support for them gets discontinued by the people who sold it to us. If you’re a Philips Hue user who has an original gen one Hue Bridge that day is quickly approaching.
Signify, the company who now owns the Philips Hue brand, announced back in March that they were ending support for the OG hub, and that users would have to move over to the Gen 2 Hub if they wanted all of the functionality to work. Initially that was thought to include Google Assistant Support, however for some unknown reason Assistant devices have continued to control the OG Hubs.
The ends on Monday, what ever magic allowed the Assistant to keep controlling the Hub months after it was supposed to cease has come to an end. Users are getting voice prompts from Assistant informing of the impending shut down. So, what can you do? Basically you can upgrade to a second gen Hue Hub, which you can normally pick up from between $70 – $80 AUD, or stop using the bulbs as smart bulbs.
This is something we are all going to have to contend with going forward, anyone who has a smart device is likely to experience it just not working, long before it actually stops working.