Why it Matters that I just saw a Google Nest Hub control an Apple HomeKit smart plug

I recently witnessed an early instance of the types of cross-platform interoperability that Matter, a forthcoming standard that aims to offer

the smart home a single unifying language, should enable in the future. Eve, a company

that manufactures a variety of smart plugs, radiator valves, lighting, and security products, provided the demonstration.

Eve has only utilised Apple's HomeKit smart home framework in the past.

This is due to the fact that it preferred to retain its gadgets on locally-controlled platforms for privacy and security instead of using cloud-to-cloud platforms.

Eve featured an iOS app but no Android counterpart, and it didn't work with Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, or Alexa from Amazon.

As I walked up to Eve's exhibit at the IFA trade fair in Berlin, it was noteworthy to see all four platforms represented.

Matter is the root cause of the change. Theoretically, we're just a few months away from the public release of what is arguably

Whether they be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Samsung SmartThings applications, you can easily set up and operate your Matter-enabled devices using current apps.