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Review: Aqara's U100 Smart Lock Offers Home Key Support, Fingerprint Unlocking and More

Wednesday July 26, 2023 12:53 pm PDT by
Smart home accessory maker Aqara recently released the HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock U100 with support for Apple's Home Key feature. Home Key is an iOS 15 feature that's still in the process of being adopted by smart home manufacturers, so it's relatively new. Home Key adds a digital key for the Aqara lock to the Wallet app on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, allowing it to be unlocked using NFC ...

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Matter 1.3 Specification Adds Energy Reporting, Electric Vehicle Charging, Water Management Support and More

Wednesday May 8, 2024 5:30 am PDT by
The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) today announced the debut of a new Matter 1.3 specification that's available for device makers and platforms. Matter is a smart home protocol that allows smart devices to work across multiple platforms, including HomeKit. Matter 1.3 adds support for a range of new device types and features, including water management devices, electric vehicle...
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Eve's Matter-Enabled Energy Outlet Now Available for Purchase

Tuesday February 6, 2024 12:43 pm PST by
Eve Systems today announced that its Matter-enabled wall-in Eve Energy Outlet is available for purchase both from the Eve Store and from Amazon. Announced back in December, the Eve Energy Outlet is able to replace any existing outlet in a single or multi-gang installation. It connects to a smart home setup using Thread, and has Matter integration. There are two receptacles that can be...
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Updated Matter 1.2 Specification Supports New Device Types and Brings Performance Improvements

Monday October 23, 2023 2:35 pm PDT by
The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) that Apple is a member of today announced that an updated Matter 1.2 specification is available for device makers and platforms. Matter 1.2 adds support for additional device types and brings improvements to Matter. Matter is a smart home protocol that allows devices to work across multiple platforms, including HomeKit. With Matter 1.2, Matter...
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Nanoleaf Debuts Matter-Enabled Smart Holiday String Lights

Thursday October 5, 2023 12:22 pm PDT by
Nanoleaf today announced the upcoming launch of the Nanoleaf Smart Holiday String Lights, which are able to integrate with Matter-compatible smart home platforms like HomeKit. The two 10-meter light strands include 250 addressable LEDs that can be set to 16 million colors and multiple shades of white that range from 2700 to 6500K. With IP44 water resistance, the 250 lumen lights are able to...
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Philips Hue Bridge Matter Support Update Now Available

Wednesday September 20, 2023 3:42 am PDT by
Matter support is now being rolled out to Philips Hue Bridge owners via a software update, according to the company, enabling the smart home system's interoperability with third-party lights. Matter is a connectivity standard that enables smart home accessories to work together seamlessly across multiple platforms, including Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home, and others. For...
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WiZ Smart Lights Now Compatible With Apple Home via Matter Update

Wednesday April 26, 2023 4:28 am PDT by
Smart lighting company WiZ has rolled out Matter support to its smart bulbs, lamps, and plugs, making them compatible with Apple Home for the first time (via HomeKitNews). The new app, WiZ v2, brings support to accessories that were manufactured in early 2021 or later, and lets users migrate products to the new smart home standard, after which they can be added to any Matter-compatible...
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Nest Thermostat Gaining Apple HomeKit Support Starting Today via Matter

Tuesday April 18, 2023 6:44 am PDT by
Google today announced it will begin rolling out Matter support for the Nest Thermostat model released in 2020. Notably, this means the smart thermostat can now be controlled with Apple's Home app and Siri on the iPhone and other devices. In a blog post, Google said Matter support will be rolling out to the Nest Thermostat with an automatic over-the-air software update starting today, and...
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TP-Link Launches Matter-Certified Kasa Smart Plug With Energy Monitoring

Friday April 7, 2023 5:30 am PDT by
TP-Link’s Kasa Smart brand today announced the launch of its first Matter-certified smart plug, the KP125M. The KP125M is able to connect to HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings setups because of the Matter connectivity. Matter-compatible devices that are added to a ‌HomeKit‌ setup work the same as HomeKit-enabled devices as long as there is a ‌HomeKit‌ Matter hub,...
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Eve Starts Selling Matter-Enabled Smart Home Devices

Tuesday March 28, 2023 3:02 pm PDT by
Eve Systems today announced the launch of its updated Matter-enabled Eve Energy smart plug, which is its first out-of-the-box Matter-compatible device. Eve previously released a beta firmware update to add Matter to some existing Eve accessories, but as of today, it is possible to buy the Eve Energy with Matter integration. The Matter-equipped Eve Energy is available in North America,...
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Philips Hue Bridge Matter Support Update Appears to Have Been Delayed

Tuesday March 28, 2023 5:03 am PDT by
Lighting company Signify has indicated that its software update bringing Matter support to the Philips Hue Bridge will not appear in the first quarter of 2023 as originally planned. When Matter was officially launched in November 2022, Philips Hue declared itself a supporter of the new smart home standard. At the time, Signify said a software update that would bring compatibility to its...
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CES 2023: GE Lighting to Release Cync Accessories With Matter/HomeKit Support

Tuesday January 3, 2023 6:26 am PST by
GE Lighting today announced that it will release its first Cync smart home accessories with support for Matter throughout 2023, starting with the Cync Full Color Direct Connect Smart Bulb and the Cync Indoor Smart Plug. Unfortunately, GE Lighting said there are no plans for previously produced Cync products to receive retroactive Matter support at this time. Matter is a connectivity...
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Eve Rolling Out Matter Firmware Update for Select Products

Monday December 12, 2022 5:30 am PST by
Smart home accessory company Eve Systems today announced the rollout of an over-the-air firmware update that will bring Matter support to the recent Eve Energy, Eve Door and Window, and Eve Motion devices. The optional Matter update will be available on iPhones and iPads running iOS or iPadOS 16.2, which is currently available in a beta capacity. Updating to Matter will also require a Thread ...
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Nanoleaf Announces New Matter-Compatible Smart Bulbs and Lightstrips

Thursday November 3, 2022 8:01 am PDT by
Smart home accessory maker Nanoleaf today announced the upcoming launch of new products that are compatible with Matter, a smart home standard that Apple began supporting with the launch of iOS 16.1. Matter is designed to allow for interoperability between smart home devices from different manufacturers. Nanoleaf is debuting Matter-equipped A19, GU10, and BR30 light bulbs, as well as a...
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Amazon Bringing Matter to Echo Devices, But No iOS Support Until Early Next Year

Thursday November 3, 2022 7:52 am PDT by
Amazon today announced that it will be updating 17 of its Echo devices to support the new Matter smart home standard over Wi-Fi next month, according to The Verge. The phased rollout will initially only be supported on Android and allow those Echo devices to serve as controllers only for plugs, bulbs, and switches. Amazon's Matter support will expand early next year to include iOS devices and...
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Aqara to Support Matter From December 2022 via Hub Update

Thursday November 3, 2022 7:14 am PDT by
Smart home accessory maker Aqara today shared new details about impending updates and product releases that will add support for the Matter home standard. Aqara users will first gain access to Matter on their accessories in December 2022 via an over-the-air update to the Aqara Hub M2, allowing existing Aqara Zigbee devices to become compatible with Matter. Other Aqara hubs, including the Hub ...
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Eve Announces Matter Updates for Eve Energy, Eve Motion and Eve Door & Window

Thursday November 3, 2022 7:00 am PDT by
Eve Systems today announced an upcoming firmware update for three of its devices, with the new firmware set to add Matter integration. The latest models of the Eve Energy, Eve Motion, and Eve Door and Window devices will receive Matter firmware updates on December 12. Eve says that Matter certification has been completed for these three products, and they will receive firmware updates...
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Eve Launches Matter-Ready Eve Light Switch

Thursday October 13, 2022 10:18 am PDT by
Eve today announced the official launch of its updated HomeKit-enabled Eve Light Switch in the United States, with the new accessory now available for purchase. Eve's Light Switch is the 15th Eve product to support the upcoming Matter smart home standard that is expected to launch later this year. Matter is designed to allow products from different smart home manufacturers like Apple and...
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Matter Smart Home Standard Officially Launches, Support Could Come in iOS 16.1

Tuesday October 4, 2022 9:09 am PDT by
The Connectivity Standards Alliance and its members that include Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and other smart home manufacturers, today announced the official launch of the Matter 1.0 smart home accessory standard. Companies that have agreed to support Matter now have all of the resources that they need to begin implementing Matter into their platforms, so we could see Apple integrating...
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iOS 16.1 Begins Laying Groundwork for Matter Launch

Wednesday September 14, 2022 10:42 am PDT by
The iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 betas that were released to developers today add a new "Matter Accessories" section to the Settings app as Apple begins preparing for the launch of the new Matter smart home standard. Tapping into the Matter Accessories section suggests that it will display all Matter accessories that have been added to a connected service. "These can also be added to additional...