At Google I/O 2022, the company’s developer conference, it announced which of its smart home devices will be updated to be Matter controllers.

Matter is a new smart home standard developed by a group of companies that promises to make smart home tech much easier to use and for devices from different brands to work nicely with each other.

Google had already promised that ‘capable’ Nest products would eventually become Matter-certified, but now we know which will be controllers and which will be ‘Thread border routers’.

A Matter controller is essentially a device that can be used to pair new Matter devices and join them to the network, and control them after that.

These will be upgraded to be Matter controllers:

  • Original Google Home speaker
  • Google Mini
  • Nest Mini
  • Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen)
  • Nest Hub Max
  • Nest Audio
  • Nest Wifi

Of those, the following will also be Thread border routers, which allow smart devices further away (such as smart garden lights) to connect via Thread to your home network:

  • Nest Hub ( 2nd gen)
  • Nest Hub Max
  • Nest Wifi

Google didn’t give a date for when these updates would be rolled out, though, saying only that Matter is “launching this Fall”. It also didn’t list any of its other Nest devices among those that will support Matter, including the latest range of security cameras and battery doorbell. At present all we know is that they do not currently support the new standard.

Android Fast Pair

It did reveal that Fast Pair on Android will support Matter devices, however. This should make the process of adding a Matter-certified smart gadget as simple as pairing Bluetooth headphones.

Plus, the ‘Works with Hey Google’ program has been renamed to ‘Works with Google Home’. The company said that “devices that carry this badge have gone the extra mile to build high-quality experiences with Google using Matter or our existing integrations”.

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