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Amazon will bring Matter smart home support to 17 Echo devices this year (updated)

Amazon will bring Matter smart home support to 17 Echo devices this year (updated)

Amazon will bring Matter smart home support to 17 Echo devices this year (updated)

Amazon was quick to offer support for Matter Smart Home Standard, and now it’s clear when (and if) you can expect technology to reach your home. the company Confirmed That 17 Echo devices, plugs, switches and bulbs will support Matter over WiFi in December, with 30 Echo and Eero products offering support by early next year. You’ll initially need Android to set this up (Apple only released a matter-friendly iOS 16.1 days ago), and the focus will be on lighting. However, support for iOS, Threads, and more smart home technology is also due in early 2023.

Support will extend to years-old Echo products, including the second-generation Echo Plus (shown here). You can check out the full compatibility list below. You may not need to change your equipment to make sure you are ready to miter.

You won’t need to be too picky about the phone and apps you use. Amazon is partnering with Samsung to let you use Alexa or SmartThings to set up the hardware. An upcoming Alexa framework will create a simple, unified thread network that allows control through the company’s platforms.

Accordingly, Amazon is making changes to its Works with Alexa (WWA) certification to add Matter support. A new device to receive the WWA badge would have to support Matter. Existing hardware that gets the Matter update won’t need to go through the program again, though it will need to pass the Matter certification and still meet Amazon’s WWA requirements.

This still leaves you with the possibility of replacing particularly old Echo gear, and there’s a chance that some of your connected home components won’t support the Miter. However, Amazon’s compatibility plans state that you won’t have to overhaul your entire setup.

UPDATE 11/3 11:30AM ET: Amazon shared the full list of Echo devices that received Matter support in December, and it includes a range of speakers, displays, and peripherals that have been released over the years.

  • Echo (3rd and 4th generation)

  • Echo Dot (3rd, 4th and 5th generation, with or without watch)

  • Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

  • echo studio

  • Echo Show 5 (1st and 2nd generation)

  • Echo Show 8 (1st and 2nd generation)

  • Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation)

  • eco flex

  • echo input

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