Matter compatibility has arrived in an automatic update to all devices.
All parts of the Matter ecosystem continue to fall into place for smart home fans. Here’s the latest on the smart home protocol.
Google Nest, Android device support account
In a blog post, Google has announced that all Google Nest and Android devices are compatible with Matter. There is nothing to do, all devices have been automatically updated.
Using a Google Home or Nest hub, you can control any Matter-enabled accessory. Hubs include the original Google Home speaker, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen), Nest Hub Max, and Nest Wifi Pro.
The Nest Wifi Pro mesh router landed in October 2022. Matter devices use either Wi-Fi or the great Thread communication protocol to communicate. Google has also updated the Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Hub (2nd Gen) to be Thread edge routers.
Android devices can now utilize Matter support using Fast Pair. This lets you quickly and easily connect Matter-enabled devices to your network. After the quick setup process, Matter devices can also connect to other apps and ecosystems.
And there are more Matter features coming from Google next year. In addition to increased support for Matter devices, Google plans to bring iOS support to the Google Home app. In 2023, Google will also roll out enhanced multi-admin functionality for better cross-platform control in partnership with Samsung.
Matter devices are also starting to appear
Another important part of the Matter puzzle involves smart home accessories such as locks, lights, etc. Earlier in December 2022, Eve began rolling out Matter support for three devices: a smart plug, a contact sensor, and a motion sensor.
We expect to see a large influx of other Matter accessories hitting the market next year, with CES 2023 likely to be an intro for a slew of new options.
Get ready for a 2023 filled with materials
The march to Matter has been the biggest smart home story of 2022. And with Google adding support to its popular line of hubs and accessories, Matter is shaping up to have a more impactful 2023.