Matter is the new connectivity and configuration standard that aims to make smart home devices easier to use. Google just rolled out Matter support to its smart speakers and displays, and now Amazon is following suit.
Amazon revealed in a blog post today that it has begun enabling Matter support on its hardware products, including some Echo devices, plugs, switches, and light bulbs. Unfortunately, Amazon did not specify exactly what it means — There are many different features of Matter that manufacturers can choose to implement, from simpler setup to working as a network bridge for devices without Wi-Fi support.
The only detail in the Amazon announcement is “the availability of Matter over WiFi […] with Android setup”, which means that when you first set up a device, it should be a faster process if you have an Android phone or tablet.
Amazon’s rollout begins with 17 devices, listed below:
The company says this is just the first phase, so Matter support may be coming to older Echo devices soon. There aren’t any Fire TV devices on that list either, but the setup process for those products doesn’t require a smartphone, and Amazon seems to be focusing on that aspect of Matter right now.