The convenience and security of smart home products feel like the tech utopian dream.
Controlling smart home devices with a bunch of apps from different companies? Not so much.
Google and more than 600 other smart home companies felt the same way. So they got together and developed
Let’s say you have a variety of Matter smart home devices. The
Holly Rich works from home, and sometimes her energetic eight-year-old is there along with her 88-year-old dad. The kid is a whirlwind of energy and wants the A/C on high in the den while grandfather reads quietly in the living room, keeping his temperature warmer. To keep them both happy while she focuses on her work, Holly relies on a mix of compatible smart home devices.
“These devices are all so helpful,” she says. “Sometimes I feel like I actually have an assistant helping me out.”3
During a video meeting from her home office, Holly noticed the room was too cold. Because she has a
“I didn’t have to leave my meeting to change the temperature, I just turned it up from the Google Home app on my phone,” she says. With just a tap away from the home screen, she was able to adjust the temperature and see exactly how long it would take to warm up.
And that’s not all – you can also receive notifications. Use the Google Home app to turn up the heat, turn off lights, or get notifications if a person or a package is at the door. All without missing a moment from work or family.
Remote control and mobile notifications require working internet and Wi-Fi.
Requires a compatible smart device.
Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi.