Amazon has stated its support for the Matter smart home connectivity standard, announcing today in a blog post that it will support Matter over Thread in its Echo devices and Eero Wi-Fi routers. Eero had previously confirmed support for the standard. Amazon says the announcement is about "further expanding Amazon's commitment to Matter and strengthening the smart home's philosophy of flexibility, confidentiality, collaboration and interoperability."
In addition, Amazon has joined Apple, Google and Samsung on the board of directors of the Thread Group - it has been a member for five years. Along with Wi-Fi, Thread is a master protocol for Matter. Provides a low power mesh, low bandwidth and low latency for connecting smart home devices.
The company has confirmed that the fourth-generation Echo will gain support for Matter over Thread, and support for additional Echo devices will come later. Earlier this summer, Amazon said it would upgrade most of its Echo smart speakers to support Matter, including most Echo and Echo Dot speakers and each Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus and Echo Flex. All Eero Pro, Eero Beacon, Eero Pro 6 and Eero 6 devices have Thread radios and already act as Thread edge routers to which Thread devices connect. They will win Matter's support next year.
Matter is an IP-based application protocol that will establish a common language and a common pattern of interaction between smart home devices and ecosystems. With support for Matter over Thread and Wi-Fi in Echo devices, Alexa users should be able to connect any Matter-compatible Smart Home device to their Echo smart speakers and control them in the Alexa app and with Alexa voice control.
For example, Amazon checked Eve's name on a list of companies she works with around Matter. Eve, which produces smart home devices such as sensors, sockets, switches and lighting, previously only worked with Apple's HomeKit, but with Matter, its products will be able to connect to Alexa and other smart home ecosystems. Amazon also mentioned Yale, Wemo, Schlage, Sengled, Netatmo, Nanoleaf, Tuya, eWeLink and Leedarson as brands that create Matter over Thread devices.
One of the main promises of Matter is multi-administrator control. This means that you should be able to control any Amazon smart home device that supports Matter using any other Matter controller. SmartThings, Google, and Apple are all committed to Matter, so in theory, you'll be able to use those companies' apps and voice assistants to control your Amazon smart home devices if you want.
There are no Matter devices available for purchase yet, as the standard is still being finalized. But according to the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which oversees Matter, we should start seeing smart home products enabled for Matter later in 2022.
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