Samsung and Google Are Collaborating to Make It Easier to Set up Matter Smart Home Gadgets.

Samsung and Google Are Collaborating to Make It Easier to Set up Matter Smart Home Gadgets.

Following the formal introduction of the Matter protocol earlier this month, Samsung announced a deeper relationship with Google today at its annual developer conference to make it easier for customers to set up their smart home gadgets.

Currently, customers are frequently forced to select between a specific smart home platform, such as Samsung's SmartThings or the Google Home app, and getting these systems to work together may be challenging. Furthermore, certain devices are only supported on one (but not both) platforms, requiring you to hop between ecosystems in order to manage all of your devices.

However, Samsung says it plans to simplify the smart home device onboarding process in the future, owing in part to Matter's multi-admin capabilities. For SmartThings users, for example, Samsung promises that the app will tell users when it identifies devices that have previously been set up in the Google Home app and would then give a simple option to sync those devices in SmartThings (or vice versa).

This eliminates the need for consumers to manually configure devices on both platforms. Once a gadget is connected, you may operate it using both Google's and Samsung's smart home applications. While there is no set date for when this will happen, Samsung said Matter's multi-admin capability will be available in the "coming weeks."

In terms of the rest of the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung claims Bixby will be more integrated into the company's smart home platform, allowing developers to enable a broader range of voice-based interface experiences. In the meanwhile, Samsung introduced a new blockchain-based platform called Knox Matrix, which would enable qualifying devices to establish a "shield" aimed to safeguard connected products like TVs and appliances from outside attacks.

Knox Matrix, according to the business, would use multi-layered mutual monitoring to prevent bad actors from getting unauthorized access to your devices. Supported devices will also be able to immediately communicate login information and other sensitive data with one another, simplifying the login procedure across trusted devices. While it's unclear how this approach would operate in practice, it's encouraging to see Samsung considering ways to improve security for a larger variety of internet-connected devices that may not receive regular security upgrades like a phone or laptop.

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