Aqara originally announced it would release a Matter update to its M2 hub. However, Aqara has confirmed that the Matter rollout will be delayed until January 2023.
As part of the Matter launch back in November, Aqara announced users would gain access to Matter in December 2022 via the Hub M2 through an OTA update. This update would allow over 40 existing Aqara Zigbee devices to become compatible with Matter. This release appeared to be on track when some smart home enthusiasts started reporting Matter updates being made available.
Aqara Matter delay is right for users
Having receiving no word from Aqara on the subject, I reached out to them to find out what was happening. An Aqara representative confirmed they had delayed the launch until January 2023. Aqara said that they needed more time to ensure the customer experience was right. Currently, Aqara is testing with a handful of users in Beta and the reports are coming from those users. While this news may be disappointing to some, I am on the side of Aqara with this one. This is a big change for the smart home industry and companies need to get it right.
Aqara said they would provide an official statement in due course with details regarding the Matter roll out. So at this stage, I would advise to stick with official sources on the rollout of Matter for Aqara devices rather than looking to Beta testers.
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