After years of teases and promises, Matter finally launched in November 2022. The smart home standard that wants to interconnect every product in your home regardless of ecosystem and manufacturer is officially ready to use, and many devices being updated to support it. Today, Google announced that it is also jumping on the bandwagon, saying that most of its smart home devices and almost all Android phones are now equipped with Matter.
Google began updating the millions upon millions of available Android devices and many of its smart home products over the past few weeks, and the company says the rollout is complete today.
Perhaps most exciting for Android users is that the update will enable support for Fast Pair. This will allow you to connect a new Matter-enabled smart home device with the tap of a button, similar to how you can quickly connect the latest and greatest earbuds and other accessories.
The Google Home app for Android is also introducing support for the standard, which is essential for a true hub to gather all devices that support content. If iOS is more of your jam, things are moving a little slower, with Google Home for this platform getting Matter support in 2023.
In addition, Google’s smart home devices are getting support for Matter. The company brought the smart home standard to the following devices:
- The original Google Home speaker
- Google Home Mini
- Mini Nest
- Audio Nest
- Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen)
- Nest Hub Max
- Nest wifi pro
In addition, the Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Hub Max, and the Nest Hub (2nd gen) can act as so-called Thread border routers, enabling full Matter support for your smart home devices. By way of explanation, Matter operates on several different connectivity standards such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Thread. The latter is a low-power network that lives parallel to your Wi-Fi network and is best for low-power devices like smart locks.
There are some notable omissions in Google’s lineup, but the company makes it clear that more Nest devices will receive the update next year, in 2023. The older Nest Wifi and Nest Thermostat 2020 will also support the standard then.
Google also wants to make Matter’s Multi-Administration feature better in 2023, and is working with Samsung SmartThings on an easy option to add smart home devices to both platforms without a long setup process. This is great for families where people prefer different platforms.
Overall, the rollout of Matter has been moving slowly since the big November announcement, but that could now change. Google is one of the biggest players in the area and therefore as a gatekeeper, so with the company adding support to the standard, we may soon see many smart home gadgets that ship with Matter. In fact, Google says it’s working with Eve, Meross, Nanoleaf, Philips Hue, and Tuya to support Matter.