The news: The Matter smart home standard co-developed by Google, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and various other companies will be delayed.
What this means: Smart home standards have been a tangled mess, with dozens of companies pushing their own protocols for a variety of IoT devices including smart lights, thermostats, locks, security cameras, and appliances.
Matter, which was originally slated to launch in 2021, is a framework to get disparate products to work together, allowing for wider interoperability across brands and devices, per The Verge.
The problem: Constant delays in rolling out Matter could impede the launch of newer smart home devices as manufacturers take a wait-and-see approach.
Analyst insight: “This is a rare example of a delay being a good thing,” said Jessica Lis, technology analyst for Insider. “More time is needed to sort out the technical side just because of how many companies want to be involved. This high level of adoption is a good sign, and a few months won't mean anything when the majority of IoT devices on the shelves will be standardized."
What’s the catch? More delays attributed to new companies signing up could result in some of the larger players pushing ahead with devices that aren’t Matter compatible, or they could abandon the standard altogether.