Matter, the new standard to help smart home devices talk to each other, is gaining serious momentum – and Google is the latest manufacturer to upgrade existing devices to make them more connected.
Google announced that a whole series of Google and Nest devices are currently compatible: the Google Home, Nest Hub (both generations), Nest Hub Max, Google Home and Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio and Nest WiFi Pro.
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Google isn’t the only big tech name to climb aboard the Matter bus. Apple is there too, with Matter in the latest software update for its mini HomePods and HomePods as well as a Matter hub in the 128GB version of the new Apple TV 4K. Samsung has also thrown its considerable weight behind the standard: it was one of the first companies to certify Matter. And Amazon is bringing Matter to nearly 20 devices in the coming weeks.
So far all these Matter upgrades have been preparatory: actual Matter smart home devices are still thin on the ground because it’s a brand new standard. But as they begin to appear in 2023, it is clear that the promised support from all the major manufacturers is already waiting for them. And that means our smart homes will be even smarter in the coming year.