Google takes a big step in the Matter direction by bringing its long-awaited interconnection protocol to Google Nest, Android, and Google Home smart home devices.
While Google joined the Connectivity Standard Alliance’s Smart Home Initiative as a member in 2021, Matter only officially launched this November. Until now, we didn’t know which Google devices would be compatible with Matter (that is, an ecosystem that could include more than 500 of his devices from dozens of smart home companies by the end of this year). can be put to good use).
We’ve seen companies like Amazon and Samsung share how Matter benefits smart home systems while maintaining a differentiating asset in the connected home market. Google plans to do the same for roles in Matter.
Not only are all Google Home speakers updated with Matter, from the original Google Home to the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen), Google’s Android mobile platform brings connectivity convenience through a feature called Fast Pair.
Even for the ultimate smart home, setting up new smart home devices can be a hassle. Several steps are often required to get a new device online and communicating with the rest of the system. Fast Pair for Android seems to streamline the setup experience by recognizing when you turn on a new product and automatically starting a connection with your home network.
Of course, I’d like to see how smoothly Fast Pair works in practice. But ideally, setting up your new smart home device is as easy as pairing your Bluetooth earbuds to your smartphone. When you power up your Matter-compliant device and put it into setup mode, your Android device will display fast pairing options so you can choose how it integrates into your home.
In fact, this is one of Matter’s most appealing aspects, the ability to specify which devices are visible and controlled by a particular smart home platform. You can include all Matter-compliant devices in all hub apps (Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings, HomeKit), or select specific devices to include in just one app. Android’s Fast Pair seems to help make these specifications during setup.
what this means for you
According to Google, nothing is required to support Matter on Android, Google Home and Nest devices. All your devices are automatically updated so you can try out the Matter smart home experience right away.
That said, smart home brands are in the process of rolling out Matter support to their devices. While many devices have passed CSA’s certification process and have been verified to carry the Matter badge on their packaging, a sufficient number of products support the Matter protocol to make them suitable for homes with many connected devices. It takes a while to make an impact.