What happens when in Matter development? Here is the chronological sequence – yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Amazon, Apple, Google and other companies, along with the Zigbee Alliance, are going public with the Connected Home over IP (CHIP) initiative.
CHIP becomes Matter
Development is underway and the standard is given its current name. At the same time, the Zigbee Alliance renames itself the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA).
There are delays due to the pandemic and other reasons. Instead of the end of 2021, as announced, the software development kit (SDK) for developers is now scheduled for completion in the second half of 2022.
Additional tests make a further postponement necessary. The new date for the publication of the Matter specifications is autumn 2022.
Matter 1.0 is ready
The specifications are available, and now the certification of devices can begin. Is a market launch still possible by the end of the year?
SmartThings starts Software-Updates
The SmartThings hub and Android app are certified and ready for upcoming Matter products thanks to a software update. Users of the iOS app still have to wait.
Apple gets its operation systems fit
With the new macOS (13.0), iOS, iPadOS tvOS (16.1) as well as watchOS (9.1), Apple devices are getting fit for the standard – although there are no products to control yet.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance is inviting people to Amsterdam to celebrate the official launch of Matter. Various manufacturers announce update schedules for their devices.
The German manufacturer starts shipping the software update for its G1 gateway. That makes it the first Matter-certified Zigbee bridge and one of the first devices in the new standard at all.
The Matter pioneer launches the “Early Access Program” for three of its Thread products: Those who register online (link) can download and install a firmware update via the Eve app after receiving an invitation. It makes Eve Door & Window, Eve Energy and Eve Motion fit for Matter.
Google’s ecosystem now also supports Matter devices – but an Android smartphone is required for installation.
17 Echo models get software updates to be able to control selected Matter product groups (lamps, sockets, switches) via WiFi. In addition, the Alexa app for Android is updated – for the commissioning of Matter devices via smartphone.
The Aqara Hub M2 is the first product by the manufacturer to receive the promised Matter update. The other smart home control centers and new products are to follow in 2023.
The company begins pre-sales of its Matter-certified Essentials products in the U.S. and Europe.
The Matter-certified version of the Eve Energy smart plug officially hits the market.
Some of the products announced for Q1 2023 have been delayed. For more detailed information see the updated Matter calendar.
… unlocks Matter via Thread and – as announced – makes the Echo 4 a border router for the Thread radio protocol.
New standard releases
The CSA aims to issue further developments of the Matter standard twice a year – with additions and improvements, as well as new product categories.
to be continued …
A detailed list of announced Matter products – and how far their implementation has progressed – can be found in the Overview of matter-compatible devices.
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