February 1, 2023
Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek, CSA Alliance Starting today, all Android phones and Google Nest products are Matter-enabled. While this update will not provide an immediate change for the average user, it sets the stage for smart home development in 2023. The Matter standard (formerly Project CHIP) aims to make all smart home devices work together…

Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek, CSA Alliance

Starting today, all Android phones and Google Nest products are Matter-enabled. While this update will not provide an immediate change for the average user, it sets the stage for smart home development in 2023.

The Matter standard (formerly Project CHIP) aims to make all smart home devices work together regardless of their branding. Every major smart home brand is involved in Matter’s development, though only a handful of companies, including Eve, currently sell Matter-enabled devices. (Certification and implementation of this protocol takes time, unfortunately.)

Most users will not immediately notice the effects of this update. At least, not unless they encounter Fast Pair, a Matter feature that should help you identify and quickly set up new devices using any Matter-compatible smart home app, such as Google Home. Assuming that Google did everything correctly, setting up a new device with Fast Pair should feel similar to connecting a Bluetooth device with your phone.

Interestingly, nearly all of Google’s indoor smart home hardware now doubles as a Matter Hub (which is required for Google Home control over Matter devices). The…

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