Samsung makes certain devices that work with the Matter protocol compatible with its SmartThings application.
As Matter continues to develop, Samsung is launching with SmartThings a “ early access program for partners with selected strategic companies to test their very first Matter-enabled products“.
Brands joining SmartThings via Matter
Samsung has unveiled the list of its partners for the launch of this program:
In the products marketed by these brands, there are switches, motion sensors, locks, light bulbs, etc. Other partners should arrive soon and be added to the list.
The aim is to testtheir devices and Matter’s interoperability with Hub-enabled devices and through the SmartThings app“. Hub-enabled devices include Galaxy devices, TVs, and Family Hub refrigerators.
A concrete step forward, since as pointed outThe Vergethe Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA, not to be confused with what the Arcom was), said there were devices being tested, without specifying which ones and how.
Matter is moving forward, although it hasn’t launched yet
The launch of this program advances the deployment of Matter. As a reminder, it is a connectivity standard dedicated to the connected home and home automation, created by Amazon, Apple, Google, the Zigbee Alliance. A giant meeting that gave the CSA; the objective is to facilitate the compatibility of our connected objects in the various market ecosystems: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit, SmartThings here, etc. The official launch of this protocol was planned for this period, but had been postponed until later in the year.
If the project seems ambitious, it is nonetheless interesting: the non-interoperability and the non-communication between connected objects are currently a barrier to the purchase and especially to the use of these same objects. Improving these key points means making their use more transparent and complete. Market players therefore have every interest in working on this and even in collaborating if they want to continue selling.
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