by Tim Hardwick
The company says Matter support is now rolling out to Philips Hue Bridge owners through a software update that makes the smart home system compatible with third-party lighting sources.
Matter is a connectivity standard that allows smart home accessories to work seamlessly together across multiple platforms, including Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home, and others. For households with multiple smart home platforms or different brands of smartphones, this means Matter lighting can be controlled from any device.
For Hue Bridge owners who only control Philips Hue bulbs through the Apple Home or Hue app, nothing changes. Android and iPhone users who have third-party Matter-enabled lights will now be able to configure and control these accessories through Hue Bridge, provided they have a Matter edge router, such as the Apple TV 4K, Apple. TV HD (fourth generation), Apple HomePod or HomePod mini.
Pairing codes for Matter-compatible accessories can be requested in the Hue app by tapping the plus button in the Settings -> Smart Home screen.
When Matter was officially launched in November 2022. Philips Hue has announced itself as a supporter of the new smart home standard. At the time, Signify's parent company said a software update that would make its Philips Hue lineup compatible would be available to all users in the first quarter of 2023, but the update was delayed.
Apple added support for Matter on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV with iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16 and tvOS 16.1 last year with HomePod or Apple TV required to control Matter accessories in the Home app or with Siri.
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