Samsung and Google are working to streamline setting up Matter smart home devices

The goal is to make onboarding gadgets even easier in both SmartThings and the Google Home app.

Sponsored Links

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 04:  SmartThings Head of Products & Engineering Mark Benson speaks during the Samsung keynote address at CES 2022 at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 4, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, is being held in person from January 5-7, with some companies deciding to participate virtually only or canceling their attendance due to concerns over the major surge in COVID-19 cases.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Following the official release of the Matter protocol earlier this month, today at its annual developer conference Samsung announced a deeper partnership with Google to make it easier for consumers to set up their smart home devices. 

Currently, users are often forced to choose between a specific smart home platform like Samsung's SmartThings or the Google Home app, and trying to get these systems to work with each other can often be quite difficult. Additionally, some devices are only supported on one (but not both) platforms, which means you have to switch between ecosystems to manage all of your gadgets. 

But in the future, thanks in part to Matter's multi-admin capabilities, Samsung says it's looking to streamline the smart home device onboarding process. For example, for SmartThing users, Samsung claims the app will notify users when it detects devices that have been already set up in the Google Home app and will then provide a simple way of syncing those devices in SmartThings (or vice versa).

Turn on browser notifications to receive breaking news alerts from Engadget
You can disable notifications at any time in your settings menu.
Not now

This means users won't have to manually set up gadgets one-by-one on both platforms. And once a device has been onboarded, you'll be able to control it using both Google's and Samsung's smart home apps. And while there isn't an exact timetable for when this will happen, Samsung says Matter's multi-admin feature will roll out sometime in the "coming weeks."

As for the rest of the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung says Bixby is also getting deeper integration into the company's smart home platform, which will allow developers to support a wider range of voice-based interface experiences. Meanwhile, on the security front, Samsung also announced a new blockchain-based platform called Knox Matrix that will allow eligible devices to create a "shield" designed to protect connected devices like TVs and appliances from outside hacks.

The company says Knox Matrix will employ mutli-layered mutual monitoring to prevent bad actors from gaining unauthorized access to your devices. Supported gadgets will also be able to share login info and other sensitive data directly with each other in order to simplify the login process between trusted devices. And while it's still a bit unclear how this system will actually work in the real world, it's nice to see Samsung thinking about ways to bolster security for a broader range of internet-connected devices that might not get regular security patches like you do on a phone or laptop. 

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of publishing.
View All Comments
Samsung and Google are working to streamline setting up Matter smart home devices