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Matter is now racing ahead, but the platforms are holding it back

A green Matter sign above smart switches in a booth on the trade show floor.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

The latest Matter spec brings a number of improvements to the smart home standard founded by Apple, Google, Amazon, and Samsung. Released this week by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, Matter 1.3 brings support for more appliances, including ovens and cooktops, adds energy and water management, and introduces new features for Matter’s universal casting protocol that could be a competitor to AirPlay and Google Cast.

This is all great progress, but as none of the major platforms have added support for Matter 1.2 yet, who knows when they’ll get around to supporting 1.3? But I digress. First, let’s dig into what’s new.

The 1.3 update adds microwave ovens, ovens, electric cooktops, extractor hoods, and electric dryers, which join washing…

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