Matter, a new internet-of-things protocol that aims to create a unified smart home network, is coming to the Google Home ecosystem with new features.
Google has unveiled its support for Matter, a new internet-of-things protocol it helped develop that aims to create a unified smart home network. The company has put a lot of emphasis on its smart home ecosystem, with a slew of devices from smart speakers to displays. When Google bought the smart home company Nest in cash for more than $3 billion back in 2014, it doubled down on its vision for the smart home. The acquisition unified the Google Home and Nest brands, which added cameras, doorbells, and thermostats to the company’s smart home offerings. Now, it’s working on a universal standard that would connect Google Home and Nest products with third-party devices and accessories.
In recent years, Google has attempted to create an ecosystem of products and services similar to Apple’s model that has been abundantly successful. With Google Drive, Chrome, Android, and Google Home all under one roof it’s easy to see how powerful an interconnected ecosystem from Google could be. The company is sharing new features and developments across the various platforms, which is making the entire conglomerate stronger as a whole. At I/O 2022, Google announced an updated version of the Pixel Buds Pro, and now it appears that Google will bring a key feature from the headphones to its smart home.
As the market currently stands, there are an abundance of different smart home devices with their own standards and networks. Some of the major companies with first-party smart home standards include Google’s Home and Nest services and Apple’s Homekit protocol. There are also smaller, third-party smart home protocols that may or may not be compatible with the more prominent standards. This creates a problem, as it is less intuitive for users to manage smart home devices that are disconnected across multiple platforms. The proposed solution to this issue is Matter, a universal standard created by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which is a group of major technology companies aiming to create open and interconnected solutions to the evolving internet of things (IoT) market.
Google Home Is Adding Matter Support
Google first announced its intention to add Matter support to its smart home network last year in a press release. The company is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, and has had a firsthand impact in developing the universal standard, which it hopes will simplify the smart home offerings on the market. It outlined a plan to add the support, which connects the Android, Google Home, and Google Assistant services. In a sentence, the company said “Matter devices will work everywhere your Google smart home does.” That vision is now closer to becoming a reality, with a Google Matter launch confirmed for later this year.
When the Matter standard becomes available for the Google Home ecosystem, adding a new product to the network will be simple. The company is using the same ‘Fast Pair for Android’ feature that is used to connect the Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds Pro to Android smartphones for all Google Matter products. It is tweaking the certification standard to now be “Works With Google Home” — and any third-party product that bears this certification has gone “above and beyond” to meet the universal Matter standards and connect with Google’s services, per the company. Google will launch a new developer console and software development kits on June 30, which will give third-party developers everything they need to comply with the Google Matter standard, though the company warned it may take some time for popular brands to meet the certification requirements. Google Matter will become available to the public later this year, though no official release date has been announced.
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Source: Google 1, 2, Connectivity Standards Alliance
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