The Apple, Amazon, And Google Smart Home Alliance Is Now Called Matter
The smart home alliance involving Apple, Amazon, and Google is now called Matter, the trio has confirmed Previously called the CHIP alliance, the whole idea is that we will be able to have one system that all future smart home products use – rather than multiple as we do now.
The result, more compatibility and interoperability, is absolutely a great idea.
The alliance also announced that it intends to have Matter-certified products ready to hit store shelves at some point this year.
Tobin Richardson, Chief Executive of Matter, told CNET that each device compatible with Matter will have a new logo to show the fact to potential customers. That means they’ll work with Apple, Amazon, and Google products and the new logo will reflect that.
“As these different devices become more complex networks, it’s all the more important that they’re all talking the same language,” Richardson said. “That mark will be a helping hand to make sure that you can add whatever lightbulbs, whatever door locks, whatever you want to add.” Richardson made the comment in an interview ahead of a Matter press event on Tuesday.
It’s said that compatible devices will have setup codes to allow them to be configured, likely similar to the QR codes offered by HomeKit accessories right now. We don’t yet know what the first Matter products will be, but our bet would be on something like a smart bulb because that’s what every smart home company seems to make these days!