Amazon Confirms Echo Devices Will Support Matter Protocol

More compatibility between devices

Amazon confirmed that its Echo smart speaker devices will be a part of the Matter protocol. 

The Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus, Echo Flex, and most Echo Dot speakers will be upgraded to support the new Matter protocol, according to The Verge. However, if you own the first-generation Echo speaker, the first-generation Echo Dot, or the Echo Tap, the Matter protocol will not be supported.

Amazon Echo Dot

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Amazon did not specify when these devices would get an upgrade, but previous reports hint at the Matter protocol launching by the end of this year. 

The Verge added that the tech giant told Matter developers that tools are coming to make Matter a reality. 

"We will soon be rolling out tools that make it easy for you to build Matter certified devices, and are ready to start testing your Matter devices now," Amazon reportedly said. 

Developed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance), the Matter protocol is a smart home protocol developed by tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Comcast. The interoperable, secure connectivity protocol will create an industry standard for all smart home devices, making them more compatible with each other, no matter what brand they are. 

New smart home devices certified under the Matter protocol will be able to work seamlessly between your Amazon Echo and your Google Nest Hub. In addition, a unique Matter logo on a device will establish that it’s been certified. 

"New smart home devices certified under the Matter protocol will be able to work seamlessly between your Amazon Echo and your Google Nest Hub."

Experts say that this type of certification system is exactly what the smart home industry needs, including compatibility across devices from different makers. 

Once most smart home devices are certified under the Matter protocol, consumers will see more choices of devices and more overall control over their smart home experience. 

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