Connecting Google Nest devices is looking ahead to a future that matters — sorry, it took.

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In a new step towards breaking down the walls of interoperability, you can now connect Matter-enabled Google devices to Matter devices from other brands.

Google just announced that its Nest and Android devices are officially Matter-enabled, meaning they’re now able to connect to other Matter devices, apparently regardless of brand. The announcement comes weeks after Google and Samsung committed to multi-admin capabilities between SmartThings and Google Home, which will arrive in 2023.

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Matter is a new smart home connectivity standard that works over Wi-Fi or Thread, developed and launched by the Connectivity Standards Alliance in late 2022. Big players like Amazon, Samsung and Apple were behind the initiative to developed the new standard, and companies have repeatedly integrated Matter devices with their systems.

As explained in the 6-minute, all-in-one video from CSA above, Matter will make it easier for consumers to buy almost any smart item off the shelf and pair it with their favorite smart home system. No more checking labels to see if this Lifx The smart bulb is compatible with HomeKit or if you can control it EVE device with a Google Nest Hub. Simply choose the Matter-badged devices.

Of course, Matter needs a platform to work on and, yes, a hub or controller. However, the good news is that the Google Home speaker, the Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub, Nest Hub MaxAND Nest Wifi Pro.

Other devices that double as Matter dispensers are Apple HomePod miniAND Amazon Echo devicesfor example.

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Google Home users don’t have to do anything to upgrade their devices, Nest and Android devices are automatically updated to support Matter. This update also includes Fast Pair for Android devices, which makes it easy to add Matter devices to your home network and Google Home in an almost automatic manner.

Although Matter devices are still entering the smart home market, the launch of this connectivity standard has been a catalyst for companies to produce new devices. You can look forward to early 2023 for an influx of new Matter-enabled devices and more current products to be upgraded.

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