At the developer event “Alexa Live”, Amazon In addition to numerous innovations for the digital voice assistant Alexa and new options for developers in skill programming also the support of the new smart home standard Matter announced for the Echo family's own devices.
Since Amazon is the Projektgruppe CHIP (Connected Home over IP) who designed the manufacturer-independent, license-free smart home standard, it was already assumed that Amazon's own products would support the new standard in a timely manner. Among other things, Matter ensures that devices and software from different manufacturers can interact with one another without any problems and that not every smart home system is an isolated system that cannot be linked to the user's other smart home devices. With support for Bluetooth Low Energy, WLAN, Ethernet and Thread, Matter supports several transmission standards.
Almost all Echo get support for Matter
Amazon will roll out Matter via updates on the devices of the Echo family, with almost all Echo and Echo Dot and all Echo Studio, Echo Flex, Echo Plus and Echo Show to support the new standard. Amazon has not yet announced which generations of the Echo and Echo Dot are not compatible with Matter. Amazon has not yet narrowed down the date for the update, with which Matter is supported.
While users benefit from comprehensive interoperability and compatibility with the Echo devices, Amazon also wants to help developers develop Matter-certified devices.
Many manufacturers rely on Matter
In addition to industry giants such as Google, Apple, Samsung and Amazon, many manufacturers have now announced their support for Matter, including Signify (Philips Hue), Ikea, Huawei, WiZ, Yale, Nanoleaf and Eve, to name just a small selection. Signify is planning a firmware update for the Philips Hue Bridge for Philips Hue, for example, to support Matter so that users do not have to purchase new devices to benefit from the new smart home standard. Google and Apple are already installing Thread in their new devices and will support Matter in the future, although Google has not yet activated Thread, but has yet to activate the function.
Update 07/21/2021 7:15 p.m.
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