Google Ecosystem Setup and Demo Execution#

Hardware Requirements#

For the hardware required for the Google Nest Hub Ecosystem, refer to the Ecosystem overview Prerequisites section.

Software Requirements#

  • Google Account

  • Google Home App with Beta Version

Set Up Google Home and Android Smartphone#

Google Matter Early Access Program (EAP)#

The Google Matter Early Access Program is a partnership between Google and silicon providers who support Matter development. This partnership allows for faster onboarding of new devices into Matter and Thread by lowering the bar for starting with development of a new Matter-based product.

The Google Matter Early Access Program is run through the Google Developer Center.

The Matter-focused portion of the Google Developer Center is located here.

The Google Matter Early Access Program is located here.

Note: Until the public preview, access to this page is reserved to those allowed in by the Google Partner engineering team.

Prerequisites for Google Setup#

To run the Google Ecosystem demo, you need both Google and a Matter device. You also need a Google Nest Hub 2nd Generation and an Android phone (at least a Pixel 5 is recommended) that can run at least Android 8 (8.1, API Level 27) or newer and has Bluetooth LE capability.

Instructions for Setting Up EAP#

Once you have access, you need to set up the Nest Hub 2nd Gen and Android phone with the Google Home app using the same Google Account that is used to access the EAP website.

If you have set up the Nest Hub 2nd Gen with the correct Google account, you will receive the OTA update to the Beta version within 24 hours. You can verify this by going to Device information > Technical information > Update Channel and the channel should read "matter-dev-current-beta-channel".

Set Up the Android Phone#

Follow these instructions to set up the Android phone with the necessary applications:

Create a Matter Integration in the Google Developer Console#

Follow these instructions to create a Matter integration in the Google Developer Console.

After completing these steps, you should be ready to build your Matter accessory device.

Matter Integration Setup in the Developer Console#

  • Once you have created a home in your Android smartphone, add your Nest Hub to that home.

  • After this, on a browser on your PC, go to https://developers.home.google.com/matter to create a project.

  • Click Console at the top of the page.

  • On the next page, click Create a Project.

  • Give your project a name and click Create a new project.

  • On the next page click Add Matter integration.

  • On the next page click Next: Develop.

  • Click Next: Setup.

  • Set up the fields on this page as shown:

    • Product name: Light

    • Device type: light

    • Vendor ID (VID): Test VID

    • Test VID: 0xFFF1

    • Product ID (PID): 0x8005

  • Product ID options for Matter devices are as follows:

    • Light-Switch: 0x8004

    • Light: 0x8005

    • Lock: 0x8006

    • Thermostat: 0x800E

    • Window Covering: 0x8010

  • Click Save & Continue.

  • On the next page click Save.

  • You will now see a Matter integration for device type light in your console.

You have now completed setting up the following:

  • Your home in the Google home app in your Android smartphone

  • A project in your Google developer console

  • A matter integration for the light device type

Having finished the above, the only step left to have your setup ready is to open a QR code webpage for the light device type in your PC. A QR Code link will be present in Device configuration section of logs. Copy the link and paste it in google chrome so you will be able to QR Code.

QR code link pageQR code link page

Matter Demo Execution using Google Home#

Commission Matter Device through Google Home App#

  1. Refer to Getting Started Overview Guide for setting up a Silicon Labs Matter Accessory Device.

  2. Connect board to a computer.

  3. Flash the bootloader binary for your device along with the application (for example, lighting, lock, thermostat, window covering, or light-switch) using Simplicity Commander.

  4. Open the Google Home app on your phone.

  5. Click Devices Section and tap Add.

    Add deviceAdd device

  6. On the Set up a device screen, tap New device.

    New DeviceNew Device

  7. On the Choose a home screen, select your home and tap Next.

    home selectionhome selection

  8. The Google Home App searches for a nearby Matter device.

    looking for devicelooking for device

  9. If the device is found, tap the application that you flashed on the device, such as Light or Lock.

  10. If the device is not found, tap Matter-enabled device.

    Matter enabled deviceMatter enabled device

  11. Once the Google Home app has found the device, it will ask you to scan its QR code.

  12. Google Home app asks if you want to connect this device to your Google account. Tap Agree.

    Add to accountAdd to account

  13. The Google Home app now starts to commission the device with Bluetooth LE.

    CommissioningCommissioning

  14. Once you see the Device connected message, tap Done.

    App ConnectedApp Connected

  15. The Google Home App now asks you to select a room where you want to keep the Application. You can select any room from the list and tap Next.

    Select roomSelect room

  16. At the prompt to create a unique name for the application (For Example: Light, Lock), create any name to identify the application and tap Next.

    app nameapp name

  17. You will now see your device (for example, Light) shown as being connected to your Google account and added to your selected room at Step 15.

    Light addedLight added

Control the Light via Google Home App#

  1. In the Google Home app, you will now be able to tap your light to turn it ON and OFF.

  2. You can control the light by giving a voice command (for example, 'Ok Google! Turn ON Light') and through the app user interface.

  3. You will see the LED1 on your WSTK board turned on or off depending on the command you enter.

Deleting Matter Application from Google Home#

  1. Press and hold Matter Application for a detailed view.

  2. Tap Setting on the top right corner.

  3. Select the Remove device option.

  4. At Unlink all Matter apps & services from device, select Unlink.