Amazon recently revealed plans to throw matter on some of its Echo devices in December. For those unaware, Matter is a communications protocol created by over 200 companies that aims to unify connected home standards under one banner.
Currently, there are several radio communication protocols used by connected home devices, such as Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but none of these standards has managed to become the primary radio protocol for smart home devices. the smart home. What’s even worse is that they don’t communicate well (or at all) with each other.
The Matter protocol is supposed to give owners of connected home devices that plug-and-use experience that seems a long way off at the moment. This open-source connectivity standard uses multiple technologies, including Thread, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernetto facilitate local communication between your connected home devices.
Apparently, Matter is backed by all the companies that already have their own protocol, including Zigbee, Philips Hue, Ecobee, iRobot, and giants like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung. This is one of the reasons why Matter is more likely to become the new radio standard for connected home devices.
That said, Amazon has been working on making Alexa compatible with Matter for a while, and last week the American giant announced that the first batch of Echo devices will receive an update that will introduce the new protocol. Here’s the list of the 17 Echo devices slated to get the update next month:
- Echo Dot and Echo Dot with 5th Generation Clock
- Echo Dot and Echo Dot with 4th Generation Clock
- Echo Dot and Echo Dot with 3rd Generation 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
- Echo Flex
- Echo Plus v2
Although Thread is missing from the initial update, Amazon has confirmed that support for iOS, Thread and other Echo devices will arrive in 2023.