This is 2003 all over again, DRMs back! At this time, Philips has released an update of its software to block third-party bridge bulb. The company cites the problem of interaction with third-party bulbs.
As a reminder, Philips uses ZigBee wireless bridge to control the bulb. Many companies are producing ZigBee light bulbs, for example, Philips, GE, Cree, and more. Until now, you could not buy a starter kit Philips Hue and cheap lamp GE to expand its network. Third-party bulb will work in Hue Hue applications and compatible applications.
But it seems, Philips understands that some bulbs do not work as well as the official bulbs Philips, do not shut down properly, for example. Thus, instead of eliminating these errors, Philips lamp removes support for third-party general now. Unverified bulbs can not accede to the bridge more.
So what happens now? You can submit your bulbs Philips join the “Friends of Hue.” These bulbs should work with Hue bridge and API scenes. In many ways, the “Friends of” Hue works like Apple “Made for iPhone” program.
It is unclear whether Apple Philips copy and obtain a license fee from a third party “friends” Hue accessories manufacturers. When it comes to other smart home device manufacturers, with the recently launched “Working with jack” program.
Philips built a good platform with open system overhead Philips Hue. But the company moves on to the walled garden model with its limited ecosystem of third-party partners.
This should not be a surprise, since the company has been very successful with the connected lamps. Many companies, from web services, had an open approach during the first few years before switching to a closed model.
Examples include limiting the use of Twitter API, Google is becoming less open with Android, Mobile Services Google preserving private property, Facebook API data closing his friends, Spotify removal of third-party applications from the desktop player, etc.
Philips might have to wait a bit before turning off support for lamp-party to test the program “Friends of Hue” in the first place. Let’s hope that the manufacturers of the most connected lamp will join the program, so that users are thinking about buying other bulbs will not be disappointed by the decision.