Amazon support for An important smart home platform comes into focus. Formerly known as Project Chip (Connected Home over IP), Matter comes from the Connectivity Standards Alliance, a group made up of device manufacturers such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Samsung. It is designed to standardize voice assistant support across multiple devices, as well as make it easier to connect smart home devices to your home network. During the Alexa Live presentation for developers, Amazon said that virtually every Echo speaker add-on will support Matter, except for the first-generation Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Tap. The Verge reports.
It is unclear when Echo support will actually arrive, but at this point we expect Matter devices to be introduced later this year. Google has already announced a strong commitment to the platform – so much so that we speculated that it could help unify the fragmented smart home ecosystem. Google devices that support the Thread standard, such as Nest Wi-Fi and Nest Hub Max, will also work as Matter connection points (AKA hubs). But like The Verge notes, it is unclear whether any Echo device will work as a Matter hub.
“The Matter mark will serve as a seal of approval, removing speculation from the buying process and allowing companies and consumers to choose from a wider range of brands to create safe and connected homes and buildings,” CSA said in May after the Matter rebrand.
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