Samsung's Android-based smartphones and tablets come with a feature called Nearby Device Scanning. This feature keeps scanning for compatible devices nearby, such as Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, and Samsung SmartThings-enabled products. Whenever the feature detects a compatible device, it sends you a notification or a pop-up asking you if you want to connect to the compatible device.
Now, Samsung is pushing an update to Nearby Device Scanning, which adds support for Matter Easy Pair. With the new update, Nearby Device Scanning will send you a notification and/or show you a pop-up on the screen whenever it detects a Matter-compatible device nearby. The update to the feature is being rolled out through Galaxy Store, which bumps the app's version to 11.1.08.07.
Most brands that offer smart home products have their own connectivity standard and ecosystem for their smart home devices, which means that their devices are usually not compatible with smart home products from other brands. Matter, a new connectivity standard for smart home products, aims to simplify that.
This standard has been developed by some of the biggest tech companies around the globe, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung, which means that their upcoming products will support Matter and be compatible with each other. This will allows users to control smart home devices of different brands more easily than ever.