A recent announcement from Amazon assures that support for Matter will soon arrive on seventeen Echo speakers. As a reminder, Matter is a standard that promotes the interoperability of connected objects without having to have a connection to the cloud. A kind of local network based on Wi-Fi and the Thread standard, in which Apple, Google or even Samsung, Eve and even the manufacturer Ikea collaborate. This therefore opens the door to HomeKit compatibility, if Cupertino does not veto it.
The new Amazon products that will be eligible for Matter are:
- Echo Dot (fifth generation)
- Echo Dot (fifth generation) with clock
- Echo Dot (fourth generation)
- Echo Dot (fourth generation) with clock
- Echo Dot (third generation)
- Echo Dot (third generation) with clock
- Amazon Echo (fourth generation)
- Amazon Echo (third generation)
- Echo Studio
- Echo Show 10 (third generation)
- Echo Show 8 (second generation)
- Echo Show 8 (first generation)
- Echo Show 5 (second generation)
- Echo Show 5 (first generation)
- Echo Input
- Echo Flex
- Echo Plus (second generation)
First for Android
According to Amazon, only smartphones running Android will be supported to begin with. This therefore means that you will not be able to enjoy it immediately on iPhone: to do this, you will have to wait until 2023. The exact date of deployment is not known at this time.
When Matter arrives on the Amazon Echo concerned, users will then be able to use their smart speaker to control their compatible bulbs, switches or sockets. We think in particular of the case of the Light Switch, updated a short time ago for the occasion. Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, is already relatively good at getting quick and clear answers. Siri, for its part, allows you to interact with your HomeKit home automation installations via HomePod or HomePod mini.
A delay because of iOS?
The delay in iOS support in this case is explained because the terms of service for Apple systems are a bit more respective. The App Store is also quite famous for not making life easy for third-party developers, favoring a maximum of software from the firm to the apple sometimes to the detriment of the competition. This has even challenged the legislators, who suggest investigating such practices, which may be anti-competitive.