Google finally plans to launch its new smart home industry standard called Case this fall. The devices will all connect quickly and easily using Fast Pair and the platform will support a variety of voice assistants and network protocols. These include Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. While the Fast Pair feature has been used for headphones and audio gear, the company is working to use it for more things, including syncing light bulbs and smart plugs with Android and Nest devices. You’ll be able to scan a code with your phone to get things done, which should be faster and easier than the current method for adding new gear to your arsenal.
The company first announced Matter in 2019, although at the time it was known as the Connected Home Project over IP (Project CHIP). At I/O 2021, Google announced an overhaul to its smart home developer center to include all the tools developers would need to make the product compatible with the standard. Case was delayed to 2022 last August and the fall timeline now means Google has pushed it back once again. The delayed launch was supposed to take place in the first half of this year. Still, after all the hurdles, the promise of a more seamless process for adding devices to your smart home from a wide range of companies is compelling.
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