Google announced a wide range of updates for its various software products at its annual developer conference this week, and in addition to Android, Wear, its smart assistant and many other news, the smart home has not been forgotten.
Formerly known as Project CHIP, Matter is a collaboration between industry giants such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung to unify the smart home system.
And Matter supports a variety of protocols and assistants, including Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet.
Google said during its annual developer conference: It is committed to supporting Matter, and that it is bringing it to Android and Nest capable products.
Matter leads to simpler setup and interoperability, so that your Android phone can control all compatible Matter devices by simply rolling out wider support.
In theory, this means you can use an Android device to control your Echo or HomeKit speaker.
According to Google, Android offers built-in support for Matter as well as ways to easily set up and control Matter-certified devices.
It also announced that its products with Thread, including the Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Hub (2nd generation), are becoming hotspots for Matter devices.
In addition, Nest screens and speakers are automatically updated to control Matter devices, which Google has promised will lead to faster and more reliable experiences whether it’s using Wi-Fi, Thread, or Ethernet.
To help users keep track of everything that goes with the assistant, Google has also launched a smart home guide that includes educational videos, product reviews and ratings.
You can search through keywords or use filters to narrow down your results to see which devices suit your needs best.
In addition, Google is adding support for WebRTC to reduce latency for live video and broadcast audio from surveillance cameras or video doorbells to televisions, monitors, or phones.
The company is also working to improve its procedures when in or out of the home by enabling automatic activation of your smart home processes based on when you leave or return home.
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