Google said Matter support will be added to Android and Nest-branded smart home devices, as well as a help library.
Google has detailed its plans to use Matter, an open source smart home standard it is building with companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, to make its ecosystem of gadgets smarter and more connected. To begin, the business has announced that Matter compatibility will be added to Android and Nest-branded smart home devices.
Google says that Matter support will make the process of setting up a smart home device easier. Additionally, it will expand the ecosystem of interoperability too. “You’ll have lots of ways to instantly control them such as Matter-enabled Android apps, Google Assistant, the Google Home app, Android Power Controls and compatible Google devices,” Google says.
In other words, Google wants to transform a billion Android handsets into a hub that can handle all Matter-certified smart home products from Google and other companies. Matter will also work with Thread, a Google-developed technology that promises to improve the performance and security of smart home devices.
Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Hub with Thread built-in, for example, will act as a connectivity hub for all Matter-certified smart home products. Google promises that Matter compatibility will be added to all Nest-branded smart speakers and smart screens in the future.
Google is also building a catalogue of smart home devices, FAQs, and instructive films that will work with Google Assistant-compatible products. Users will discover items from companies such as Samsung, Philips, and LG, among others, over 30 categories, according to the business.