Amazon announced this week that it has completed the first phase of its rollout of the Matter smart home standard on its Echo devices. As of today, 17 Echo devices are now Matter compatible including the Echo Dot 3rd gen and newer, the Echo Studio, the 2nd gen Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8, the 3rd gen Echo Show 10, and the Echo Show 15.
Amazon is a key contributor to the Matter alongside Google, Apple, and Samsung. The new smart home standard works over Wi-Fi and the Thread wireless protocol, and it aims to make it easier for smart home devices to communicate without a cloud connection.
Unlike Google, which recently rolled out Matter support via Wi-Fi and the Thread protocol on Android and its Nest devices, Amazon’s first phase of its Matter rollout is currently limited to Wi-Fi and Android. If Matter support over Wi-Fi for select Echo devices, plugs, switches, and bulbs is just a first step, Amazon is planning to expand Matter support to iOS, Thread, and more device types early next year.
“Our phased approach allows us to begin rolling out Matter support for the most common device types while continuing to work through interoperability, stability and longevity-testing with our partners, ensuring customers have a seamless and high-quality experience with Alexa,” the company explained.
Amazon will have more smart home and Alexa announcements at CES in January. In the meantime, developers can already find more information about Amazon’s Matter rollout on the company’s Matter developer portal.