In November, Amazon announced its plans with the official launch of the new Matter standard for smart home accessories Add Matter support to Echo devices. On Monday, the company confirmed that the first phase of Matter support is now complete, with the second phase expected to begin next year with iOS support.

Amazon will expand support for Matter on Echo devices to iOS

According to AmazonThe gradual rollout of Matter support to Echo devices allows the company to ensure that its devices work with the “most common device types” while continuing to work with partners to expand “interoperability, stability and longevity testing.”

In the first phase of the rollout, Amazon added Matter support to Echo devices over Wi-Fi for smart plugs, smart bulbs, and smart switches. However, this first phase only included Android compatibility, as Amazon said at the time that supporting iOS would require using new APIs that took longer for apps to become available.

Last month, we announced our plans to deliver a high-quality Matter customer experience by the end of this year. Today we are happy to share that we have completed the first phase of our Matter launch. Tens of millions of Alexa customers around the world now have more ways to connect their devices with Matter presence over WiFi, which includes 17 different Echo devices, Plugs, switches and lamps with an Android installation.

With the next phases of the rollout, Amazon plans to bring Matter to more accessories and Echo devices. Plans also include adding compatibility with the Thread protocol and iOS, which the company says will arrive in early 2023. In today’s announcement, Amazon said it will share news about the second phase of its Matter support launch at CES 2023 on January 5. 8.

More about matter

For those unfamiliar, Matter is a new standard supported by companies like Apple, Amazon and Google to make smart home devices interoperable across multiple platforms. This is a significant improvement because accessory manufacturers don’t need to take on each smart home platform like HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home individually.

This initial release of Matter includes support for several of the most common categories of smart home accessories: lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, window coverings and shades, security and safety sensors, door locks, media devices including TVs, both device-like controllers and programs and bridges.

The Matter standard was supported on Apple devices Introduced with iOS 16.1.

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