Google on Friday enabled Matter in its Google Home app for Android, Nest devices, and Android devices. It essentially means that Matter-certified smart devices such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) products from Google and other brands would now work with Google Nest and Android devices. Google’s Matter devices will be available for purchase from December 2022, the company said in a blog post.
Matter is a universal connectivity standard that provides interoperability for smart home and IoT devices. With Matter enabled, the Google Home app would now allow setup and customization of smart home devices from Google and other brands.
To control smart home devices with Google Home, users need a Google Home or Nest device that can also act as a hub for Matter. These devices include the original Google Home speaker, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen), Nest Hub Max, and the new Nest Wifi Pro.
Matter-enabled devices can connect to the home network via Wi-Fi and Thread. Wi-Fi allows Matter devices to communicate over a high-bandwidth local network and smart home devices to communicate with the cloud. Thread provides an energy-efficient and highly reliable mesh network in the home. Google has also updated Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Hub Max, and the Nest Hub (2nd generation) to work as Thread border routers. In addition, it has added support for quick pairing on Android devices.
Google said it would enable more Google devices with Matter in 2023 and bring iOS support to the Google Home app.