On Tuesday, Amazon announced that is rolling out a new Matter update for Alexa that includes support for Thread, setup on iOS, and a new version of its Works with Alexa program.
After launching as Android-only, Amazon is fulfilling its CES promise to support iOS setup for Matter devices. This will enable Matter devices, including those that used to only support Apple Home, to work with Amazon Alexa and Echo speakers.
Matter on Alexa also will now support Thread, rather than just Wi-Fi. The update includes the second-generation Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot devices as Matter controllers and the Echo (4th generation) as a Thread border router.
Eve Systems is one of the first to support these new programs on its Eve Energy, Eve Motion, and Eve Door & Window later this month. These devices supported HomeKit and Matter but didn’t work with Alexa due to their Thread-connectivity.