Berlin The setup and control of Matter-enabled, smart sockets, switches, door locks, sensors or even lamps could then be done, for example, via the Google Home app. Or also via iPhone or iPad: Because Apple’s mobile operating system iOS has been supporting since version 16.1. Matter. Devices that are Matter-capable appear as a separate item in the settings and can be controlled, for example, in the home app.
Tech giants are pulling together
Finally, Apple and Google are co-initiators behind the Matter standard, which is based on LAN, WLAN, the network protocol thread and partly on Bluetooth Low Energy (from version 4.2). In addition, Amazon, Samsung, LG, Signify and more than 280 other companies are also part of Matter.
They all want to reduce the fragmentation and complexity in the smarthome area by making their devices and platforms compatible with each other through Matter.
Mixing smart devices from different manufacturers
Until now, consumers have usually had to commit to a smarthome provider and its components. Thanks to Matter, devices should be able to be combined freely in the future.
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However, matter updates for smart devices are not always possible. In some cases, only the next generation will master the new standard. And depending on the manufacturer and device, Matter support may only be available for one operating system at first.
Patience is still needed
As with Amazon, for example, the Matter will only be supported via WLAN and only via Android setup for 17 Echo devices as well as various sockets, switches and light bulbs at the start in December. At the beginning of 2023, the “wide availability” for iOS, Thread, other Echo and Eero WLAN devices will follow.
So patience is needed, Google also says: “Some Matter devices will already be in stores for the Christmas season, many more will follow at the beginning of 2023.”