Philips has announced the end of support for its first generation of the Hue Bridge “smart” lighting product range and is scheduled for April 30, 2020. As they announced, no software updates would be available, and the product family would be discontinued the platform’s online services. Therefore, the only way for users to control Hue Bridge V1 is to use the Philips Hue application on their mobile device. This is a system that was released back in October 2012, so Philips will have seven years of support until next April.
After April 2020 no software updates will be made available for the Hue Bridge v1 and compatibility with our online services will be terminated at that time. The Hue Bridge v1 can still be controlled locally via the dedicated Philips Hue Bridge v1 app. >>
— Philips Hue (@tweethue) March 6, 2020
While it sounds good, there are many people who paid huge sums of money for Philips Hue between 2012 and 2015, and would certainly like to use the full potential of this product. However, these lamps are working fine, so why do they have to pay for the new generation? The short answer is the cost of support and only a slight increase for Philips. Recent discoveries showed that Philips needed more trust and resources to place these “smart” lamps, so there was a way to focus its resources on the second and third generations.
Philips Hue Bridge 1st Gen
However, the sad part of the story is that no concessions are being offered to first-generation users to upgrade, and Philips is not running a recycling program for the first generation. We see many companies nowadays abandoning their old products, making them obsolete regardless of the burden of the environment, and even ensuring that they are not remodeled to others. All this is happening when these products are still working well, and their owners have no reason to replace them.
Perhaps the biggest example of this loss of a good product comes from the smartphone world and Android in particular. Google support for Android 7.0 Nougat and earlier is no longer supported, and this means that users are not receiving security updates. Android 7.0 was released in August 2016, and by 2017 many phones released were out of the box. This means that we have products that are barely three years old and are as good as garbage. “which one?” Recently the number of these devices has been estimated and reported to be around one billion.