Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and dozens of other companies have agreed to try to make it easier to set up smart homes With the substance, an cross – platform open source standard that will be available later this year. Now Amazon has revealed the scope of its original commitment: it will upgrade almost all expandable Echo smart speakers to support Matter, including most Echo and Echo Dot speakers as well as all Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus and Echo Flex.
In fact, the only Echo speakers that won’t be upgraded to Matter are the first-generation Echo, first-generation Echo Dot, and Echo Tap, the spokesman says. Limit.
Although the company does not provide a schedule for these updates, the general idea is that Matter will launch by the end of 2021, so it shouldn’t be long before Amazon ‘s latest and / or more popular devices get the feature.
The bigger question is whether any of them will act as Matter Centers. Google announced in May that in addition to upgrading Nest devices to Matter, it would allow its devices that support the Thread protocol (such as Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Hub Max, and second-generation Nest Hub) to double as Matter connection hubs, not just as an audio assistant to control Matter devices. But while Amazon’s Eero routers were early to introduce Thread, Amazon’s Echo smart speakers didn’t.
The announcement is part of the current Amazon Alexa Live developer event where it will be unveiled pretty much other things that Alexa developers will soon be able to do. The company has a message for Matter developers: “We’re about to release tools to make it easier to build Matter-certified devices, and we’re ready to start testing your Matter devices now.”