The Google Home Developer Center isn’t for regular users like you and me, but it should help us all have a better smart home experience.
Smart home device manufacturers are all on board with Matter, a new standard that will let all of your devices operate together, and Google is now attempting to get developers on board with that goal. It’s also changing the name of its smart home ecosystem to Google Home, which will include anything from smart speakers and displays to Android and Nest security gadgets.
Back at Google I/O, the search giant revealed that it will be upgrading its Nest devices to meet the new smart home standard. However, Google will require developers in order for consumers to get the most out of their gadgets once Matter is released.
Project Connect Home over IP, or CHiP, gave birth to Matter. Google was one of its early investors, but Apple, Amazon, and others have all pledged to help it grow. Matter makes use of Ethernet, wifi, Bluetooth LE, and Thread, a low-power mesh networking technology that has long been used in Google’s smart home devices.
Developers will be able to access the Google Home Developer Center beginning next year, which will provide all of the necessary SDKs and plug-ins for making smart home devices work with Matter and the rest of the Google Home ecosystem. It will have programmable Google Home commands, as well as bespoke prompts for devices within the app so that new users will know where to begin. Toolkits for designing automation and routines will be included, as well as the ability to suggest bespoke procedures.
Smart home device developers will be able to use the SDK to not only use Matter but also to integrate smoothly into the Google Home ecosystem with quick setup and Google Assistant interaction. Everything will, hopefully, come together. Everything, more significantly for Google, will function with Google Home.
Google also stated that it will embed Matter directly into Android by supporting the protocol through Google Play Services, ensuring widespread adoption of the Matter standard. This will make it easier to link new Matter devices to Thread over wifi.