Pointers at Glance
- Matter is getting closer to becoming the ubiquitous standard for smart homes with the two major updates from Google and Apple.
- Google claims its new console offers everything required to build intelligent and innovative smart home products with Matter.
Matter gets closer to becoming the ubiquitous standard for the smart home with two big updates from Apple and Google.
From Apple, we saw the iOS and iPadOS 16.1 developer betas release a new option for “Matter Accessories” in the Settings for each operating system.
Apple initially announced that iOS 16 would support Matter back at WWDC, but now we are seeing the first signs of real-world integration.
Selecting the new option brings up a page that will list Matter accessories that have been added to the connected service. Of course, that list will currently be empty as the final Matter standard isn’t due for release until sometime this autumn.
This week, Google has also launched its Google Home Developer Console, which aims to help developers build Matter smart home products.
In a blog post, Google claims its new console offers everything needed to build intelligent and innovative smart home products with Matter. By simplifying the process of building Matter-enabled smart home products, you can spend more time innovating with your devices and less on the basics.
At the same time, the company, Google Home Developer Console, launched two new SDKs:
- Google Home Device SDK: It extends the open-source Matter SDK with development, testing, and go-to-market tools.
- Google Home Mobile SDK: It is a tool to build Android apps that connect directly with Matter devices.
This week, the announcements from Apple and Google bring Matter closer to achieving its goal of breaking down the barriers between connected devices to unlock the full potential of the smart home.