Smart home device makers are all on board with a new standard called Matter that makes all your stuff play nicely together, and Google is now working to get developers on board with that vision. It also transforms its smart home ecosystem into Google Home, which will incorporate everything from its smart speakers and monitors to Android and its Nest security devices.
The search giant announced that it would update its Nest devices to support the new smart home standard on Google I / O. But for buyers to get full use of these devices once Matter launches, Google also needs developers.
Matter was born out of Project Connect Home over IP or CHiP. Google was one of the original backers, although Apple, Amazon and others have also committed to the development. Matter uses a combination of Ethernet, wifi, Bluetooth LE and Thread, a low-power network that has been in use in Google’s smart home products for years.
Starting next year, developers can access the Google Home Developer Center, which contains all the necessary SDKs and plug-ins to make smart home gadgets play well with Matter and the rest of the Google Home ecosystem. It includes programmable Google Home actions, including custom prompts for in-app devices, giving new users a better idea of where to start. Google will also include toolboxes for creating automations and routines, along with the ability to come up with customized routine suggestions.
The Google Home Device SDK will enable smart home manufacturers to not only adopt matter, but also seamlessly fit into the Google Home ecosystem with easy setup and integration of Google Assistant. Everything will work together, and maybe. more importantly for Google, everything works with Google Home.
To further ensure the adoption of the Matter standard, Google also announced that it is building Matter directly into Android by supporting the protocol through Google Play Services. This allows you to more easily connect new matter units via wifi and wire. You’ll also likely see more controls appear in Android’s device relocations later next year, which were moved from the Power Menu to Quick Settings in Android 12.
While many of these announcements will not immediately affect your smart home, they do provide an insight into what the industry is trying to do behind the scenes to ensure that Mater’s arrival in 2022 actually makes things easier and not more complicated.
If you’re still wondering where Google can fit into your smart home, the search giant launched a large gadget database earlier this year to help you find devices. Ultimately, all this hassle-free integration with Matter is to ensure that your Google Home remains a Google Home.