Have you ever tried to make a Ring Doorbell work with an Apple smart speaker? Or an Echo speaker to pair with a Nest speaker? Chances are you haven't gotten very far. Smart home devices may have grown in popularity and adoption in recent years, and a new effort to integrate different devices into a single standard is expected to drive the market even further in the future.
But these devices can be expensive, and building a system of the best smart home devices (opens in a new tab) designed for your specific needs can be even more so. Fortunately, events like Black Friday make it much more feasible to do it on a budget, and you can check out our guide to this year's best Black Friday deals for the best deals. And if you're still not sure how Matter will really change things, read on.
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Black Friday deals on Matter-enabled products
Matter 1.0 is ready and big brands like Amazon, Google and Samsung have already announced full support for a new system that will allow devices to be more compatible with each other. Because of this change, those who have been hesitant to fully enter the world of smart homes may feel more confident in doing so.
With Black Friday deals hitting before the weekend, now is the time to find Matter-friendly products. Savings (big and small) can be found on smart speakers, smart thermostats, TVs and more that connect to Matter 1.0. Below is a selection of the best deals we've seen so far.
The best deals on Matter-compatible products
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What does it matter now?
After some delays and hiccups, Matter 1.0 was released in November 2022. That means it's already working behind the scenes without the average consumer knowing anything has changed.
But our smart homes are about to get a lot easier to use. Think of the scenario above as one where different products from different brands spoke their own language. The material will allow them to talk to each other, which means they can work together for smoother routines and better interoperability.
For this to happen, companies large and small will need to get involved, and it has happened before. Amazon, Google, Apple and Samsung, arguably the big four behind the smart home boom of the last decade, have put their names behind Matter as a way forward, which is good news for all of us. It's not just about big business: Small businesses and innovative new players in the market are also a big part of the Connectivity Standards Alliance's DNA.
Some products have already been announced as compatible with Matter, including Apple's 4K TV and HomePod mini, while dozens more have been announced. This includes leading smart speakers and displays from Amazon and Google, as well as the best TVs from LG and Samsung.
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What's next for matter?
In the future, smart home brands will start selling their devices with Matter, while existing devices can be integrated into the new system through upgrades or hardware like bridges. Once that happens, those smart doorbells and security cameras that previously only worked with a smart assistant (for example, Google Home) will work with everything through Matter.
Of course, not everything will be able to be updated remotely, so we could find ourselves in a place where consumers will have to update their technology to work with the new standard. This will become clearer over time, but we expect the big brands to make things as easy as possible for their customers.
For now, we can expect more and more smart home brands to announce compatibility or compatibility plans in the coming months. Those that have announced plans already include Amazon, Wiz, Nanoleaf, Philips Hue and IKEA.
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How to detect Matter-compliant products
Start looking for the Matter logo on store products, and keep an eye out for announcements for smart home devices you already own. Things are just getting started, but we expect progress to materialize quickly through the remainder of 2022 and beyond. You can visit the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) website (opens in a new tab) for a complete list of certified products.