Later this month, an over-the-air update will transform Samsung’s standalone SmartThings hubs into controllers for the new smart home standard Matter. The Matter devices will be controlled via Wi-Fi and Ethernet by the v2 hub, while the current hub and SmartThings dongle will also function as Thread border routers. Samsung is the first company to announce Matter certification publicly.
In an interview, Jaeyeon Jung, Samsung Electronics corporate vice president and head of SmartThings’ mobile experience business, confirmed that the company received Matter certification on Wednesday, October 12th, just a week after Matter launched. Michelle Mindala-Freeman of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which oversees Matter, confirmed that certifications began this week and stated that Samsung was among the first to receive one.