Matter assist is coming to the Aqara Hub M2

After initially delaying its step into the Matter universe, Aqara has introduced that Hub M2 customers can now obtain assist for the sensible house customary by way of a beta firmware replace.

The corporate introduced that the rollout ought to take round 4 – 6 weeks to finish, and, as soon as downloaded by M2 homeowners, ought to permit it to behave as a bridge for the remainder of Aqara’s sensible house units.

Different Aqara hubs – just like the Hub M1S (Gen 1 and Gen 2), Hub E1, Digicam Hub G3 and Digicam Hub G2H Professional – might be receiving the replace over “the approaching months”.

As we knew already, then, this implies Thread assist is not coming to particular person Aqara units – although among the new units Aqara introduced at CES will include Matter assist out of the field.

But it surely’s not all as simple because it sounds.

Aqara has really launched a pleasant little how-to explainer, proven above, for these trying to combine the M2 into their Google Dwelling or Apple Dwelling, however, as you may see, connecting to the latter by way of Matter is not advisable by Aqara simply but.

It isn’t completely clear why – solely that “Matter can’t present full HomeKit performance”.

And as for Alexa or SmartThings customers, Aqara says that assist might be coming when the ecosystems permit Aqara hubs to bridge to different units.

So, should you’re an Android person with a Google Dwelling that additionally encompasses a Matter controller, you are in luck – and iOS customers will quickly have the identical privileges when the app receives an replace.

For everybody else, the wait goes on a bit of longer for extra seamless integration, however issues are nonetheless on track.