Google Nest and Android devices are finally compatible

Google has announced that it has completed the deployment of Matter on its Google Nest products, but also on Android. This is enough to accelerate the development of the standard for connected objects which promises ambitious interoperability.

The computer protocol for connected objects Matter was launched last month, with a first slew of compatible products. It’s Google’s turn to make its Nest products compatible, but also Android devices: smartphones, tablets. An update has been deployed in recent weeks on millions of connected objects and billions of Android devices (Android 8.1 minimum and Google Play Services in version 22.48.14).

As a reminder, the Matter standard was created collectively by Google, Amazon, Samsung and Apple among others. It aims to unify the ecosystems of objects made connected for easy-to-use home automation. Compatible objects are interoperable and can work on several home automation systems at the same time. Enough to create complex scenarios that use several connected objects: light bulbs, alarm clock, thermostat, connected sockets, etc.

Google makes its products compatible with Matter

After the arrival of Matter in its Google Home automation application, Google is introducing this compatibility with its Nest products and Android devices. As the giant says in its press release, this makes it possible to ” Quickly and consistently set up Matter-enabled devices and personalize your smart home “.

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Also, Matter requires a hub to control other connected objects. If one wishes to use the Google Home app, one will need “ a Google Home or Nest device that can act as a hub for Matter “. Products that can be hubs are the original Google Home speaker, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen), Nest Hub Max, and the new Nest Wifi Pro. For the moment, pairing a Matter device is only supported on the Google Home Android application, but iOS support will arrive in 2023. You can therefore control your connected objects with your iPhone or iPad.

Other small new features to really integrate Matter into the Google ecosystem

Additionally, Google said it has updated the Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Hub Max, and second-generation Nest Hub. to function as Thread border routers, so you can also connect Thread devices to your network “. A major update since Google added support for Matter for Fast Pair on Android. This will improve the connection of devices compatible with the protocol to its Wi-Fi network and to Google Home.

The first Matter compatible products arriving // Source: Connectivity Standards Alliance

Fast Pair will also facilitate the connection of Matter devices to systems other than Google’s home automation application, such as Amazon Alexa for example. Google further stated that it has worked with Samsung: When you open the Google Home app, you’ll see Matter devices that have been set up with Samsung SmartThings and you’ll have the option to also add those devices to Google Home and vice versa. »

On the other hand, for the moment still few devices are compatible with Matter, although development is tending to accelerate, in part thanks to major players who are investing in the project.

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