Soon it will be easier to buy gadgets that work with your smart home.

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Imagine asking Apple’s Siri to turn off your Amazon Fire TV. Thanks to a new standard called Matter, most smart home devices from various brands will soon work together.

Material, backed by the biggest names in technology including Amazons, Apple, Google and Samsung, aiming to solve the main problem. Right now, if you want to control lights or thermostats or smart plugs, you need to make sure they support Apple HomeKit or Amazon Echo or Google Home Hub. However, with Matter, you’ll be able to buy light bulbs, light sensors, tinted bulbs, HVAC systems, thermostats and more without worrying about whether they will work with the systems you have in your home.

Smart home accessories with Matter connectivity.

Connectivity Standards Alliance

The first Matter devices are starting to hit the market, although most of the new equipment that supports them won’t be available until next year.

“Before Matter, the smart home products you purchased would only work with your specific home devices, such as your Apple HomeKit, Amazon smart speaker, or Samsung Smart Things hub,” said Michelle Mindala-Freeman, head of marketing and member services at the Connectivity Standards Alliance. which is the consortium behind Matter. “Now, you can say, ‘I really like Nanoleaf colored light,’ and you don’t have to worry about which smart home devices are compatible with it because it’s supported by Matter,” he says.

About 280 other companies work to support Matter. Besides those already mentioned, some of the biggest names include ADT, Assa Abloy (which makes August Home and Yale smart locks), Ecobee, Facebook, Haier (parent of GE Appliances), Hisense, Ikea, iRobot, Kwikset, LG, Panasonic, Roku, Schlage, SimpliSafe, Sonos, Spotify, Tesla, and Whirlpool.

Look for a logo indicating Matter compatibility. “Over time, we believe the Matter logo will become something like the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi symbol,” said Mindala-Freeman.

Logo problem.

Connectivity Standards Alliance

The certification process is still ongoing. “Since we released the specification in October, we have certified more than 200 products, both hardware and software products, and we have more in line,” said Mindala-Freeman.

Several brands will be rolling out firmware updates for their products already on the market this year. These include Eve, which makes smart plugs and sensors, and Wix, which makes smart light bulbs.

Will your current smart home devices work with Matter?

So far, Apple HomePod Mini, Apple TV 4K (2021) and Apple TV 4K (2022) WiFi + Ethernet, as well as Samsung V2 and V3 SmartThings hubs act as Content controllers, according to Consumer Reports. Google Nest Hub Max and Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) smart displays, Google Nest WiFi and WiFi Pro routers, and Amazon Echo (4th gen) smart speakers will also support the standard.

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