In the early days of the smart home, you would need to make sure that the smart home gadget you’re buying is compatible with your mobile device and/or smart speakers. This can sometimes limit your options, but that’s a problem the Matter Alliance is hoping to solve by creating a standard that ensures interoperability amongst platforms.
For those who have bought into Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and smart display system, you’ll be pleased to learn that you will now have more options to choose from when it comes to smart home gadgets and devices. This is because Amazon has recently updated a bunch of its Echo devices with support for Matter.
According to Amazon:
“The first 17 Echo devices that work as Matter controllers include: Echo Dot (5th Gen), Echo Dot (5th Gen) with clock, Echo (4th Gen), Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2018 release), Echo Studio, Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release), Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021 release), Echo Show 15, Echo Dot (Gen 3 with Clock), Echo Dot (Gen 4 with Clock), Echo Show 5, Echo (v3), Echo Dot Gen 4, Echo Input, Echo Flex and Echo Show 8.”
Amazon’s rollout for Matter support follows Google who had also begun a similar rollout last week. Given that Google and Amazon are some of the most popular choices when it comes to smart home gadgets and devices, it’s a good start for the new standard. We expect that more companies and brands will add their own support in the future, so keep an eye out for that.