Google announced three major initiatives to support Matter, a unified standard for smart home devices:
Matter is a cross-platform collaboration effort intended to standardize the diverse smart home ecosystem and solve the device interoperability issue. Matter is the result of a collaborative agreement by Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Connectivity Standards Alliance to boost device compatibility across ecosystems. The standard uses technology from Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Weave and works alongside existing protocols like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to make it easier for different smart devices to communicate with one another. In short, Matter strives to solve the smart device fragmentation problem by providing a frictionless way for these devices to work together. As a result, consumers can theoretically purchase a variety of devices with confidence they will work alongside each other.
The unified connectivity standard will accelerate smart home market growth:
Insider Intelligence expects the number of US smart home device users to increase from 83.9 million in 2020 to 139.7 million by 2024.