Today, October 21, began the Google Smart Home Developer Summit 2021, the summit for developers of connected home devices, at which Google announced important news that will give home automation a boost.
As expected, they gave more details on the launch of Matter, the standard promoted by Google, Apple and Amazon, among other companies, to ensure compatibility between devices.
Native Matter support on Android
Among all the novelties, one of the most important is that Android will be compatible with Matter, and it will be in all versions compatible with the Google Play Services, since Google will add Native material support via a Google Play update.
This native Matter support on Android will result in Android devices will recognize Matter devices that we h ave at home. When we install a new home automation device, Android will recognize it and show a notification or Fast Pair pop-up benefit.
Google reports that setting up and connecting a new smart bulb to Google Home will be as easy as pairing a Bluetooth headset with our mobile. With a few taps of the screen, the home automation device will be configured, eliminating the use of manufacturer applications and the manual process of linking with the Google Assistant.
When installing a home device, Android will ask us with which home app we want to control said device, then it will show us suggested routines that we can add to automate certain tasks from the first moment. Google, in collaboration with the manufacturers of home automation devices, will improve and improve the routines.
Matter is an IP protocol that works on current communication and connectivity standards: Ethernet (802.3), Wi-Fi (802.11), Wire (802.15.4) and Bluetooth low consumption.
Of course, for our Android device to recognize nearby Thread devices we will need to have a Thread compatible device at home, such as a Google Nest Hub (2ª Gen) or a Wifi Nest, which support will arrive from spring 2022, like the update for Android devices. In addition, the next generation of Google speakers should also support Thread, and therefore Matter.
The latest innovation is the “re-present” of the brand Google home, which is now also the name of the Google’s new connected home platform. Google will leverage the Google Home brand to let consumers know if a device is compatible with the Google Home app, and it will use the Google Home brand for developer tools as well.
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