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Matter Smart Home Standard Delayed Until Fall

Matter, originally slated for 2020, will connect devices from Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google and more.

Matter smart home device certification logo
Matter has been delayed until fall of 2022.
Connectivity Standards Alliance; illustration by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Matter, which is intended to connect smart home devices from over a dozen brands, has been delayed until the fall of 2022. The setback comes as the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which is developing Matter, needs more time to finalize the software development kit that will allow companies to integrate with the platform, according to a release Thursday. 

When fully operational, Matter will allow devices from Apple, Google, Samsung, Comcast, GE and many other companies to work together in a single smart home ecosystem. Using Matter, an Amazon Echo speaker, Google Nest devices and GE smart lightbulbs could all be controlled through the Google Home app.

"Matter is the seal of approval that says smart devices work reliably together — taking the guesswork out of the purchasing process," the Connectivity Standards Alliance says.

Matter has been delayed before. It was originally slated for 2020 but was pushed back multiple times before this latest delay, which pushed its arrival back from the summer.

This summer, the alliance will conduct a specification validation event, which will provide data necessary for the first device certifications. It will include 130 devices from 50 companies. After the fall launch, devices will start the process for Matter certification.

Despite the delay, the Connectivity Standards Alliance says member companies are "all-in, the finish line is in sight, and we are reaching milestones with confidence, quality, and massive support."

Barring further delays, your smart home could be more connected later this year.