It’s been an eventful week in the world of HomeKit and Matter, marked by updates and new products from Nanoleaf, Yeelight, Govee, Aqara and Sonoff. This is complemented by fresh Matter Certifications, attractive offers from Philips Hue and an app update from Twinkly.
How Nanoleaf Essentials lamps are accessible again
We started the week with a tip for all users of Nanoleaf Essentials lamps. If they are not accessible in Apple Home, there is a quick solution for that.
The cause seems to be the synchronization between the Nanoleaf Cloud and Apple Home. Therefore, it helps to log out of the Nanoleaf Cloud.
Yeelight Pro series gets Matter support
Yeelight, known for its smart lighting solutions, has now equipped the Pro range with the new Matter smarthome standard. The range, which includes sensors and switches as well as lamps, relies on Bluetooth mesh for the majority of its functionality, while the Yeelight Pro S20 gateway is used for networked control.
A new over-the-air (OTA) firmware update now allows the gateway to be integrated via Matter. This update fulfills a promise the manufacturer made at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
Govee expands its range with Matter lightstrip
Since this week the new Govee M1 LED Strip is available. Unlike its predecessor, the new model supports the Matter smart home standard and can also be integrated into Apple Home.
If you have recently bought the old model, it is worth contacting Govee support. The manufacturer offers a free replacement of the existing controller box.
Aqara introduces new HomeKit compatible products
Aqara unveiled new HomeKit-enabled devices this week, including the already familiar Light Strip T1, a colored ceiling lamp, redesigned switches and a curtain motor.
It is not yet known when and at which prices the devices will be available.
Aqara Hub E1 gets Matter support
After the firmware update, many of the connected devices are also available via the new Smarthome standard.
First Matter from Sonoff announces itself
Sonoff, a well-known manufacturer of low-cost smart home devices, plans to release its first Matter device, the Sonoff MINIR4M.
This compact flush-mounted module, a successor to the existing MINIR4, is designed to integrate existing light switches into the Smarthome system.
Latest Matter Certifications: Domestic waterworks, lamps and sockets
In the past two weeks, several new products have received Matter, including the Grundfos MA-Scala2 domestic waterworks. This model, which can use groundwater, increase pressure in water pipes or use rainwater, was recently certified.
In addition, a dimmable Smart Plug from Leviton and sockets from Onvi, QIACHIP and Tapo have successfully passed the certification process.
Philips Hue Bright Days launched
Philips Hue has launched this year’s Bright Days in its own online store. There are two ways to save money in the process. For one thing, you can save 30% when you buy two products. On other products, however, there is 50% off the cheaper product.
For example, to buy a Hue Tap Dial Switch and the Hue Smart Switch, you pay only 50.39€. In a price comparison, you would have to pay around 63€. Simply open the promotion page and add your desired products to the shopping cart.
Twinkly app update improves interaction
Twinkly, the company behind colorful Christmas and year-round lights, has released a new app update.
Users can now group RGB and RGBW lights together. This allows them to be adjusted, painted or given effects at the same time.