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Amazon Alexa: Matter update released for Echo

From Claus Ludwig
As announced in November, Amazon has started rolling out an update for Echo devices that bring the Matter standard with it. In addition, there are now details about the additional rollout.

Since October 04, 2022 This issue is a royalty-free open source software benchmark in version 1.0 Available for smart speakers and lighting, among other things, other categories of smart devices will follow in future issues of Matter. Matter integrates Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, and Thread as potential transport protocols for smart peripherals and decentralizes all firmware updates. In this way, products from different manufacturers must be able to communicate with each other. There is now a free update for 17 different Echo devices that include support for Matter. Amazon has now explained how more will be rolled out.

Amazon is bringing Matter to more Echo devices in January

The second phase of Matter’s launch on Amazon is scheduled to begin around CES 2023, the technology trade show. At that time, more Alexa devices will get support for the standard. In addition, the Alexa app for iPhone will also receive official support for Matter, although at least Apple smartphones running iOS 16.1 can handle Matter. As announced by Amazon, the new standard across manufacturers is already supported in smart peripherals from partner companies, with Alexa devices also available. These smart speakers can be recognized by their “Works with Alexa” logo. However, it includes supported devices as well Philips Hue lamps.

Among the Echo devices are the current generation Echo Dot, Echo Dot 4th generation, Echo Dot 3rd generation, Echo Studio, Echo Show 8, Echo Show 5 (all generations), Echo Show 10 (3rd generation), And Echo Show 15 and the first three generations of Amazon Echo I already received the free update to Matter.

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Amazon Echo Matter Update Kit:

  • Amazon has released a free update for 17 different Echo devices that include the Matter benchmark.
  • Supported devices include different generations of Echo Dot, as well as Amazon Echo, Echo Studio, Echo Show 8, Echo Show 5 (all generations), Echo Show 10 (3rd generation), and Echo Show 15.
  • At the CES 2023 tech show in January, other Echo devices will receive support for Matter. In addition, the Alexa app on Apple’s iOS will also support Matter.

Source: Amazon