There is movement on the front of Matter.
Samsung SmartThings announced a new early access program on Wednesday to begin testing the first Matter-enabled products from several major smart home brands, including Aeotec, Aqara, Eve Systems, Leedarson, Nanoleaf, Netatmo, Sengled, Wemo, WiZ and Yale. .
Backed by Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and others, the upcoming Matter standard promises to simplify the smart home ecosystem by allowing devices from different brands to communicate seamlessly.
Samsung’s new SmartThings Partner Early Access program will allow participating brands to “test their devices and Matter’s interoperability with Hub-enabled devices and through the SmartThings app,” the company said in a press release.
“We strongly believe that Matter will become the de facto standard in all smart homes around the world,” Samsung said. “That’s why we have, and will continue to invest heavily in Matter.”
The news follows a slight setback for the standard. In March, the nonprofit Connectivity Standard Alliance (CSA), which oversees the development of Matter, delayed the public launch of the standard.(Opens in a new window) for a second time. Previously scheduled for mid-2022, the launch of Matter 1.0 has now been pushed back to fall 2022.
“To further improve code quality and stability and accommodate the breadth of Matter devices and platforms, we are expanding our testing and validation events,” CSA said at the time. “While this will have the effect of pushing the public launch of Matter 1.0 back a few months, we will launch with a larger pipeline of Matter-enabled devices and a robust supply chain of development platforms for more devices. coming.”
The ASC says it plans to distribute a “full” draft version of the Matter specification to all Alliance members mid-year before the official release this fall. Before the series of delays, the standard was originally scheduled to launch in 2021.
Samsung previously announced plans to bring Matter to “several products,” including Galaxy devices, TVs, and Family Hub devices, as well as its SmartThings platform. The integration “will make it easier for users to experience the benefits of connected living without the need for a separate smart home hub,” Samsung said.
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