Apple-Backed 'Matter' Smart Home Standard Again Delayed Until Fall 2022

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), which includes Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and others, today announced the launch of the "Matter" smart home standard has been delayed until the fall of 2022 (via The Verge).

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Matter seeks to unify and simplify the smart home ecosystem with a new interoperable standard. Announced in 2019 as "Project CHiP," Matter is a unified IP-based connectivity that aims to offer a standard universal protocol for developers to build Internet of Things devices. The Alliance previously sought to release the standard in late 2020. This was then delayed to the second half of 2021, before again being delayed until summer 2022. Now, it has been delayed until the fall of 2022.

The delay is needed to finalize the software development kit (SDK) that device manufacturers will use to incorporate their products into the Matter ecosystem. The CSA is working to improve the SDK so that it works smoothly across the large number of platforms that are adopting Matter, ensuring that there is long-term confidence in the standard.

The updated timeline suggests that Matter-certified devices could still go on sale this year, with 130 devices in 15 categories from 50 companies set to be part of the first roll-out. Companies that are not yet enrolled into the initial phase may need to wait until the end of 2022 or early 2023 to begin testing.

A multitude of smart home accessory makers have signed up to adopt Matter, including Amazon, ASSA ABLOY, Comcast, Espressif Systems, Eve Systems, Grundfos Holding A/S, Huawei, Infineon Technologies, LEEDARSON, Legrand, Nanoleaf, and others.

Top Rated Comments

Vado Avatar
10 weeks ago
It's a massive project so there is no point in rushing the SDK release. Take the time to get the tools and software right before rolling it out to the hands of developers.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razorpit Avatar
10 weeks ago
I'm sure there are a lot of "battles" involving security and privacy going on in the background. Take your time and get this one right.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macative Avatar
10 weeks ago

I currently have over 109 HomeKit devices working well. I’m open to matter but not open to quality drop.
No you don't. No one does.

You regularly open the Home app to find 20% of them showing No Response.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macintosh TV Avatar
10 weeks ago
Hopefully we see investment here. Would love to see expansion in this category. Love my HomeKit devices and integration.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fwmireault Avatar
10 weeks ago
More and more, I think it’s pretty clear this standard doesn’t matter to Apple.




























I’ll see myself out
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ikjadoon Avatar
10 weeks ago

More and more, I think it’s pretty clear this standard doesn’t matter to Apple.
Might need to tell Apple: they already integrated Matter into iOS 15. ('https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2021/10298/') ?

Apple has moved faster than Google, Amazon, and Samsung in OS-native integration.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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