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Amazon’s Alexa is expanding its reach to support Matter devices, including iOS setup, Thread connectivity, and a new version of its Works with Alexa program. Amazon announced the Matter update, claiming it has over 100 million Matter-enabled Echo devices in the market. This new feature will enable Matter devices, including those that were only compatible with Apple Home, to work with Alexa and Echo speakers.
Amazon’s Matter update is a significant move for the company, as it expands its smart home ecosystem, which currently connects to over 300 million smart home devices through Alexa. Matter on Alexa will now support Thread, in addition to Wi-Fi. Amazon’s second-generation Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot devices are now Matter controllers, with the Echo (4th generation) serving as a Thread border router.
In addition, Amazon has also announced the release of a new version of its Works with Alexa (WWA) and Frustration-Free Setup (FFS) programs for Matter devices. These programs assure consumers that products will work with Alexa, and simplify the setup process. Eve Systems is one of the first companies to support these new programs on its Eve Energy, Eve Motion, and Eve Door & Window devices.
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Amazon’s new update is expected to revolutionize the smart home industry, as it allows users to update their compatible Echo devices and expand their smart home connections. The firmware updates are already rolling out, but it’s unclear when the complete roll-out will be complete. With this new update, Amazon is one step closer to making Alexa the go-to device for smart home integration.