The update will make more than 40 of Aqara’s existing Zigbee devices Matter-compatible and was originally scheduled to roll out sometime in December 2022. While the brief delay might be disappointing, it’s perhaps not a bad thing – our own early review of the Matter smart home network saw mixed results regarding connectivity and setup, so a little more time in the oven couldn’t hurt.
It is unknown if the delay will affect Aqara’s overall timeline for the transition to Matter. Aqara’s Thread-based Door and Window Sensor P2 and the Motion and Light Sensor P2 were originally set to be released in early 2023, and Matter updates to other Aqara hubs, alongside a new multi-protocol Hub M3 that can serve as both a Thread boundary router and Matter controller, were promised for the coming months.
Akara said HomeKit authority that it would issue an official statement soon, hopefully with some additional details. We’ve also reached out to Aqara about the revised Matter timeline and will update this story if we hear back.