The matter is what was previously known as Project CHIP, or Project Connected Home over IP, and it seeks to act as a universal standard for smart home devices, in case you weren’t aware. As previously mentioned, there are a plethora of smart home devices on the market, so consumers should keep interoperability in mind when purchasing new devices. With Matter, this could be a thing of the past: business behemoths like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Samsung collaborated to bring Matter to life, which is great news for standardizing smart home products.
Google announced on Wednesday at the I/O developer conference that Android would be one of the leading operating systems with built-in support for’Matter,’ allowing users to easily set up devices with Google and connect their favorite Android apps.
“Setting up your Matter devices will only take a few taps, and you’ll have a variety of ways to monitor them right away, including Matter-enabled Android apps, Google Assistant, the Google Home app, Android Power Controls, and compatible Google devices,” Michele Turner, Senior Director, Google Smart Home, explained. It also enables easy setup and control of all Matter-certified goods on over one billion Android devices.
WebRTC, an open-source video and audio streaming protocol that reduces latency between security cameras, video doorbells, smart displays, and mobile devices, will be supported on Nest devices as well. They’re also adding more automation to the mix: Google’s Home & Away Routines are getting better. If you’re at home or away, Nest cameras, Nest thermostats, smart lighting, smart plugs, and smart switches can all be managed automatically to your preferences.