Google announced that its Nest and Android devices are now compatible with Matter, making it easier to connect your smart home devices.
Last month, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) held a launch event for Matter, celebrating an alliance of companies over a single standard for smart home products. While it’s still early days for Matter, companies have come together, and at the time of the announcement, 190 products have been certified or are in the process of being certified. Google has also shown support and, today, announced that Matter will be available in the future on Nest and Android devices.
Google clarified how its products would connect to other Matter-enabled devices. The company also announced that Android and Nest devices would be automatically updated to be compatible, meaning users wouldn’t have to worry, and things would work. For Android, the device must be running Android 8.1 or later, and Nest devices will need the latest update.
The company says that a hub will be necessary to control Matter devices but that almost all of its devices can function as one, such as the Google Home and Home Mini, the Nest Mini, and the Nest Audio. In addition, Google’s Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and the Nest Wifi Pro can also be used as Thread border routers. Content devices can use different technologies to connect, and Google devices support Wi-Fi and Thread.
For its Android devices, Google has updated its Fast Pair feature to support Matter, making it easy to connect devices on a network with a variety of different smart home apps. So, in the future, you will have access to a wide range of different smart home products that can play nicely with each other. Google says it has worked with 300 companies to make this happen. Additionally, Google is working to bring iOS support to the Home app in 2023.
Although Matter devices are not that popular at this point, there should be a lot of devices coming to market next year. Google says you should look out for the Matter badge on products or its own “Works With Google Home” logo.