The Matter smart home open standard promises to clean up the mess that smart home products have been over the years, and it’s off to a promising start. Samsung has announced that it will support Matter-enabled devices in its SmartThings ecosystem and update its own products.
The South Korean giant announced an expanded partnership with Google to not only welcome Matter products into its ecosystem, but also support interoperability with the Google Home ecosystem itself. If you have any smart home devices set up in Google Home that are also compatible with SmartThings, you’ll be prompted to set them up in the other app, and vice versa. Users will no longer have to manually add each of their devices one at a time, nor will they have to worry about the ecosystem their device was initially set up in.
And to enable the enrollment of Matter products, Samsung SmartThings centers will receive an update to support them very soon. Once the update is available, you will be able to control Matter devices over Wi-Fi and Ethernet via the v2 hub, while the AEOTEC v3 hub and SmartThings dongle will also function as Thread edge routers.
This update should arrive later this month, so if you’re in Samsung’s smart home ecosystem and have any Matter devices, or were planning to buy any, you can expect a closer look at them very soon.
Source: Samsung, The Verge