Amazon recently revealed plans to launch Matter on some of its Echo devices in December. Matter is a communication protocol created by more than 200 companies that aims to unify the smart home standard under one banner.
Currently, there are multiple radio communication protocols used by smart home devices, such as: Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but none of these standards has managed to become the main radio protocol of the smart home devices. What’s worse is that they don’t communicate well (or at all) with each other.
The Matter protocol should provide smarthome device owners with a plug-and-use experience that seems far away at the moment. This open-source connectivity standard uses multiple technologies, including Thread, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet, to make it easier for your smarthome devices to communicate with each other locally.
Apparently Matter is supported by all companies that already have their own protocol, including Zigbee, Philips Hue, Ecobee, iRobot and giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung. That’s one of the reasons Matter is likely to become the new radio standard for smart home devices.
That being said, Amazon has been working on making Alexa compatible with Matter for a while, and last week the American giant announced the first batch of Echo devices will receive an update that introduces the new protocol. Here’s the list of 17 Echo devices that are scheduled to receive the update next month:
- 5th gen. Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock
- 4th gen. Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock
- 3rd gen. Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock
- 2nd gen. Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8
- 3rd gen. Echo show 10
- Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8
- Echo Studio
- Echo input
- Ultrasound Flex
- Echo Plus v2
While Thread will be missing from the initial update, Amazon has confirmed support for iOS, Thread, and other Echo devices will arrive in 2023.