Hive

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Hive is a British Gas innovation that creates connected products designed to give people the control they want for their homes anytime, anywhere.

Hive Active Heating™

Hive Active Heating™ enables you to control your heating and hot water (if you have a separate hot water tank) from your mobile, tablet or laptop to do it all remotely.

With Hive Active Heating™:
• You could save up to £150 a year on your heating bills as you’ll never have to heat an empty home again
• View and change your heating and hot water schedule so it fits with your day
• Set Frost Protection and temperature alerts for peace of mind
• Boost your heating and hot water from 30 mins to 6 hours
• Set a Holiday Mode so your heating has a break when you do
• Activate Geolocation for heating reminders when you’re leaving or returning home

Hive Active Plug™

Hive Active Plug™ lets you control home electrical appliances via your mobile, tablet or laptop. Check and switch off things like your iron or hair straighteners and schedule lamps to turn on and off while on holiday.

Hive Active Light™

Hive Active Light™ lets you switch your lights on and off, set schedules and dim from your phone – great if you go out forgetting to turn off a lamp, don't like returning to a dark home, or are on holiday and want to make it look like someone's in.

Hive Window or Door Sensor

You'll know if a window or door is opened or closed when you're away from home with the Hive Window or Door Sensor. These clever sensors will tell you by sending an alert to your phone.

Hive Motion Sensor

Have extra peace of mind with these small but sophisticated sensors that send an alert to your phone if movement is spotted inside your home.

Discover more and buy online at hivehome.com/buynow.

Version

6.6

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

iOS Version

10.32

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone
iPod Touch

Accessibility Comments

This app is almost fully accessible. I have the plug, window/door sensor, and some lights as well as the thermostat and they can all be controlled from the app with Voice Over. Heating Schedules can be set up and 'Actions' such as if a door is opened turn on a light or a electric plug. The only Voice Over issue relates to scheduling 'Actions'. When Options are enabled in this screen Voice Over canoot see the choices offered, so it is not possible to copy a sedule for a day of the week onto other days saving a lot of work. Yet the exact same fuction works perfectly in the schedule screen for heating suggesting the bug is easily fixable by the developers. Nonetheless I would recommend this app given they have now fixed a number of recently broken functions that previously worked with Voice Over and now do so again.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments

This is a great Home Control app with many useful functions. To get the most out of it you need to spend some time getting to know the various screens but it is reasonably easy to work out and use. The developers have recently fixed a number of accessibility issues. All the essential funtions are accessible but the scheduling screen within the Actions area needs some attention to make Options accessible.

Developer's Twitter Username

@hivehome

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by John Gurd 4 years 7 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by Rob on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hi, I am happy to report that following a recent update to Hive referring to the introduction to their new logo, this app is now fully accessible and also better designed so you can easily get to the part of the app you require. There are now three tabs, control, schedule and action. We can now set the target temperature when setting up a heating schedule. The only problem I had was when trying to copy one day's schedule to the other six days. However, I closed the app with app switcher and tried again and all was well. It took some time but congratulations to the Hive team for fixing the accessibility bugs.

Submitted by John Gurd on Thursday, June 8, 2017

In reply to by Rob

Yes, I'm glad to confirm the updated Hive has fixed the ability to schedule Heating and restored accessibility to the Dashboard which they broke in the last update. Options are visible to Voice Over in the Heating Schedule screen but not in the same screen for setting up schedules for Actions. This means, for instance, that although you can make a motion sensor turn on a light you cannot set up a schedule efficiently for it to happen in the hours of darkness when you would actually need it to occur. I'll review my submission about the app but until the last bug is fixed it is still not fully accessible - especially as the same screen works elsewhere in the app.