Samsung announced support for Matter on its SmartThings smart home ecosystem. The new smart home standard jointly developed by Google, Samsung, and other smart home device manufacturers allows for seamless device control and plug-and-play setup.
The Samsung SmartThings hub and the SmartThings Android app will receive an over the air update to provide capability to control all Matter-compatible devices. Users can control their Matter devices from a single application, instead of using multiple apps from different device makers.
Samsung has been a key contributor to the development of Matter and was one of the first companies to receive Matter certification. Samsung TVs and Family Hub refrigerators have been updated to support Matter Controller functionality.
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“We are now shifting from basic connectivity to building incredible experiences,” said Jaeyeon Jung, Corporate Vice President and Head of SmartThings, Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “Matter is the future, giving consumers extensive choice and smart device compatibility at scale. Today marks the most significant milestone yet toward mass smart home adoption.”
The SmartThings app support a feature called multi-admin, which allows users to control their Matter devices from multiple platforms and apps.This will now be updated to improve interoperability.
“SmartThings’ open platform offers one of the largest integrated ecosystems, and Matter-certified products will be rolled out across brands including Google Nest, Eve Systems, Nanoleaf, Yale and more,” Samsung said in a statement.
The support for Matter will be extended to the second and third generation Samsung SmartThings Hubs, along with the Aeotec Smart Home Hub. The hubs will also continue to support Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Local Area Network devices, including Wi-Fi and ethernet. It will be updated over the air to support Wi-Fi, ethernet, and Thread-based Matter devices.
“We are committed to maintaining support for existing protocols while also helping the industry transition to a future built on Matter,” said Mark Tekippe, Vice President of Product at SmartThings and Connectivity Standards Alliance Board Member. “SmartThings has always provided customers with the most flexible connectivity options including Zigbee and Z-Wave. Adding support for Matter and Thread ensures SmartThings remains the most versatile ecosystem for consumers looking to build or expand their smart homes,” he added.