Interoperability: Samsung launches Matter functionality

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Samsung announced the availability of Matter functionality, allowing for seamless device control via the SmartThings app. SmartThings hubs will receive an over-the-air update, and the SmartThings Android app will be updated to provide capability to control all Matter-compatible devices. Through this update, SmartThings users can control their Matter devices from a single application, instead of using multiple apps from different device manufacturers. As a pioneer in the smart home industry, Samsung has been a key contributor to the development of Matter from the very beginning and was one of the first companies to receive Matter certification. Earlier this year, Samsung revealed TVs and Family Hub refrigerators that were selected to be updated to support Matter Controller functionality, simplifying experiences with both Samsung and third-party devices. In May 2022, SmartThings announced its Partner Early Access Program, the next step toward a Matter-compatible ecosystem, which granted select partners a head start in testing the Matter-supporting SmartThings hub and mobile software. SmartThings supports a feature called multi-admin, which allows users to control their Matter devices from multiple platforms and apps. Samsung and Google announced an expanded partnership to take multi-admin support to the next level, improving interoperability and offering better user experiences. 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. SmartThings’ Matter Controller support will begin with the second and third generations of the SmartThings Hub, as well as the Aeotec Smart Home Hub. All hubs will continue to support Zigbee, Z-Wave and Local Area Network devices, including Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and will be upgraded over-the-network to enable support for 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”.