Google is one of the biggest companies of the future interconnected multi-level smart home material, and today the company has explained how it works to support Matter with its Android devices and Nest smart home products.
Initially, the company promises that all of its Nest monitors and speakers will be upgraded to control Matter devices. This means that when an update arrives (Google doesn’t yet provide a schedule), you can use Google Assistant to manage any Matter device, whether or not it was previously part of Google’s smart home platform.
In addition, newer Google smart home products with built-in Thread, such as Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Hub Max, and second-generation Nest Hub, also serve as the Matter contact center. It makes it easy to install and use Matter-branded smart home products throughout your home.
And what could be the biggest news: Google promises to upgrade the latest Nest thermostat To support Matter, which means that users can – in theory – manage their air conditioning and heating settings on other Matter-certified platforms (like Siri or Alexa, while waiting for Apple’s and Amazon’s own updates). Disappointingly, Google only makes this promise for an entry-level Nest thermostat, not a more powerful Nest Learning thermostat (at least for now).
Google also supports Matter on Android phones. The company promises to add built-in support to Matter, making it easy to install and manage Matter-enabled smart home gadgets via Android apps, Google Assistant, Google Home, and more with just a few taps. ”
As part of this support, Thread-compatible Matter devices – such as Nanoleaf’s Essentials Bulb – will be supported on Android, which could open a wave for Google (and other smart home environments) of new smart devices that meet the local connectivity standard. Currently, there are still products such as Eeva HomeKit exclusive who rely on Thread but cannot be used with Android devices at all. The substance may potentially alter it.
If everything works as promised (again, there are a lot of software upgrades and agreements that still need to be followed), Matter can be a magical solution for smart home owners: a set of devices that are easy to install and use with all (or all) smart home software.
In addition to the material information, Google will also announce the new Google Smart Home Directory, which contains a list of Assistant-compatible products, questions and answers, instructional videos, and reviews. Finally, the company also announced that it will add Nest cameras to its automated routines, allowing owners to turn their cameras on (or off) when they come and go.