Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority
- Google has announced that it will enable Matter in various Google products.
- The new standard will make it easier to customize your smart home with other brands.
- Google plans to enable Matter on more devices in 2023.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) announced the launch of Matter in early November. With Google announcing Matter coming to Google Nest devices, Android, and Google Home, we’re starting to see results.
If you haven’t kept up with the smart home industry, Matter is a smart home interoperability standard developed under CSA in collaboration with Samsung, Amazon, Google, Apple, and hundreds of other companies. Matter aims to solve connectivity problems between the wide variety of smart home devices on the market. The idea is to make it easier for consumers to buy the brands of smart home devices they want and work seamlessly with the rest of the smart home ecosystem.
According to Google, Matter has started being enabled on Google Nest devices, Android and Google Home. Nest devices that get Matter include gadgets you already own, such as:
- Google Home speaker (1st generation)
- google home mini
- nest mini
- nest audio
- Google Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen)
- Google Nest Hub Max
- Nest Wifi Pro
As for how this will affect Android, Google says the update will add support for Fast Pair. This feature allows you to quickly and easily pair Matter-enabled devices with your home network, Google Home, or other smart home apps.
The company also says users will be able to connect their Matter-enabled devices to their home network via Wi-Fi or Thread, a technology that enables seamless connectivity over long distances. Google says the Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Hub (2nd Gen) will be updated to work with Thread.
In addition to the announcement, the Mountain View-based organization provided a little insight into its plans for 2023. These plans include not only enabling Matter on more Nest devices, but also adding iOS support and deeper integration of Matter’s multi-management experience. For example, when you open the Google Home app, you can see Samsung SmartThings devices and add them to Google Home.
This is all happening now, but this has been the plan since the beginning of this effort. In fact, long ago in October, it was revealed that Samsung and Google promised to roll out Matter-based sync “in the coming weeks.”