This year, Samsung made a commitment to fully support the new Matter (previously CHIP) smart home standard and to quickly add Matter compatibility to SmartThings. The South Korean company stated at SDC 2022 last week that Matter support would be released before the year’s end. Samsung announced today that SmartThings now supports Matter.
Matter is compatible with the most recent version of the Android SmartThings app. Users of this app can manage smart home appliances that work with Matter. Through an OTA update, Matter support will be added to second- and third-generation SmartThings Hubs as well as the Aeotec Smart Home Hub. Certain touchscreen Samsung refrigerators and smart TVs will function as SmartThings Hubs with Matter support.
To fully integrate with Google Home, SmartThings makes use of the Multi-Admin function in Matter. This indicates that the two ecosystems for smart homes are completely compatible. When users add a smart home product to one platform, it is automatically displayed when the user opens the other app.
Jaeyeon Jung, Corporate Vice President and Head of SmartThings, Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “We are currently moving away from providing basic connectivity and toward creating amazing experiences. Matter is the way of the future, offering consumers a wide range of options and scalability for smart device compatibility. The biggest step forward toward widespread smart home adoption was made today.”
CSA (Connectivity Standards Alliance), a group that oversees the creation and promotion of Matter, was founded by Samsung and was one of the organization’s first members. The CSA includes companies like Amazon, Apple, ARM, Bosch, Bose, Corsair, Dyson, Ecobee, GE, Google, Huawei, iRobot, IKEA, Intel, Legrand, LG, Logitech, MediaTek, Midea, OPPO, Qualcomm, Roku, Schnieder, Sonos, TCL, Toshiba, TP-Link, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Zigbee.
Apple’s software updates for iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9.1, tvOS 16.1, and HomePod 16.1 added support for Matter to their devices. It will be much simpler for users to control Matter-compatible smart home devices from any app or platform once all these companies roll out support for Matter, as Amazon and Google have already announced.
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