Skip to main content

Eve gets an Android app and launches a Thread version of its smart switch

Eve gets an Android app and launches a Thread version of its smart switch

/

They’re really doing it!

Share this story

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Eve’s latest light switch has Thread and will work with a new Eve Android app.
Eve’s latest light switch has Thread and will work with a new Eve Android app.
Image: Eve

After years as an Apple-only smart home company, Eve is finally turning to the dark other side and launching an Android app. At the IFA tech show, the company announced that its suite of smart home products — which include smart plugs, smart light strips, smart switches, and smart sensors — will get its own Android app in late 2022. Most Eve products will also become compatible with other smart home systems, including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings. 

This giant shift (which we did see coming at CES, but still, we’ll have to see it to believe it) is largely down to the upcoming smart home standard Matter. Matter’s primary raison d’etre is to make more devices work with more platforms, removing the confusion and chaos that dominates today’s smart home. 

When Matter arrives this fall, Eve’s products should work with any Matter-compatible ecosystem without needing a cloud-to-cloud connection. Amazon, Google, and Samsung have all committed to making their platforms Matter-compatible. Those platforms’ reliance on the cloud had previously prevented Eve from working with them, with the company preferring to stick with a system that processed all device data locally — Apple’s Homekit.

Since the announcement of Matter, Eve has been working on transitioning all its relevant smart home products over from Bluetooth-only to adding Thread radios — Thread is one of the main protocols of Matter. The company says its Thread-enabled devices will begin receiving free over-the-air firmware updates to the standard, which will make them compatible with those other platforms.

The Eve Light Switch works with Apple Home, but once Matter arrives, it should be compatible with more platforms.
The Eve Light Switch works with Apple Home, but once Matter arrives, it should be compatible with more platforms.
Image: Eve

This week, Eve also announced the Eve Light Switch with Thread for North America ($49.95), upgrading one of its last remaining Bluetooth-only products. The Eve Flare portable lamp is the only device it still sells that works solely over Bluetooth. 

The third generation of the Eve Light Switch is a smart light switch (but not a dimmer switch) that can control standard LED lights, allowing you to pair your lights with motion sensors, set them on schedules, or program lighting scenes. Unlike its predecessor, which was a single-pole switch, the third-gen model is compatible with three-way switches — where two light switches control one light. It does require a neutral wire and should be available in October.

Alongside the light switch, Eve announced new versions of its Eve Motion Blinds smart shades, with motors for Venetian blinds (Europe only) and Honeycomb shades joining its existing Roller shades motor. The shades are custom ordered from companies such as SelectBlinds and come with Eve’s Thread-enabled motors inside. An Eve Shutter Switch is also coming to the European market in December. The 99.95 euro switch will work over Thread and can replace an in-wall roller shutter switch. 

Eve has new Honeycomb (cellular) versions of its smart shades.
Eve has new Honeycomb (cellular) versions of its smart shades.
Image: Eve

Eve also announced a white model of its Eve Outdoor Cam ($249.95) coming in December. The black version is my Apple HomeKit pick for the best smart floodlight camera. Eve’s cameras work over Wi-Fi and, as smart security cameras are not yet part of Matter, will probably continue to only work with Apple Home’s HomeKit Secure Video Service.

So while Eve’s cameras stay on Apple, for now, the rest of its smart home products will soon be partying on Android, too. A smart home company launching an Android app may seem minor, but this one is almost like Apple announcing its Apple Watch will work with Android — so tied to Apple has Eve been. It’s one of those signs we’ve needed that point toward Matter actually happening. As fall rapidly approaches (yes, it is indeed now September), it is past time to expect some solid evidence that Matter is all we’ve been led to believe it can be.

Today’s Storystream

Feed refreshed 49 minutes ago The tablet didn’t call that play by itself

E
Twitter
Emma Roth49 minutes ago
There’s a surprise in the sky tonight.

Jupiter will be about 367 million miles away from Earth this evening. While that may seem like a long way, it’s the closest it’s been to our home planet since 1963.

During this time, Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye (but binoculars can help). You can check where and when you can get a glimpse of the gas giant from this website.


E
Twitter
Emma RothTwo hours ago
Missing classic Mario?

One fan, who goes by the name Metroid Mike 64 on Twitter, just built a full-on 2D Mario game inside Super Mario Maker 2 complete with 40 levels and eight worlds.

Looking at the gameplay shared on Twitter is enough to make me want to break out my SNES, or at least buy Super Mario Maker 2 so I can play this epic retro revamp.


Asian America learns how to hit back

The desperate, confused, righteous campaign to stop Asian hate

Esther Wang12:00 PM UTC
R
External Link
Russell BrandomTwo hours ago
The US might still force TikTok into a data security deal with Oracle.

The New York Times says the White House is still working on TikTok’s Trump-era data security deal, which has been in a weird limbo for nearly two years now. The terms are basically the same: Oracle plays babysitter but the app doesn’t get banned. Maybe it will happen now, though?


R
Youtube
Richard Lawler6:54 PM UTC
Don’t miss this dive into Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio flick.

Andrew Webster and Charles Pulliam-Moore covered Netflix’s Tudum reveals (yes, it’s going to keep using that brand name) over the weekend as the streamer showed off things that haven’t been canceled yet.

Beyond The Way of the Househusband season two news and timing information about two The Witcher projects, you should make time for this incredible behind-the-scenes video showing the process of making Pinocchio.


R
External Link
Russell Brandom4:29 PM UTC
Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship.

The NSA whistleblower has been living in Russia for the 9 years — first as a refugee, then on a series of temporary residency permits. He applied for Russian citizenship in November 2020, but has said he won’t renounce his status as a U.S. citizen.


E
External Link
Emma Roth4:13 PM UTC
Netflix’s gaming bet gets even bigger.

Even though fewer than one percent of Netflix subscribers have tried its mobile games, Netflix just opened up another studio in Finland after acquiring the Helsinki-based Next Games earlier this year.

The former vice president of Zynga Games, Marko Lastikka, will serve as the studio director. His track record includes working on SimCity BuildIt for EA and FarmVille 3.


A
External Link
Andrew J. Hawkins3:37 PM UTC
Vietnam’s EV aspirant is giving big Potemkin village vibes

Idle equipment, absent workers, deserted villages, an empty swimming pool. VinFast is Vietnam’s answer to Tesla, with the goal of making 1 million EVs in the next 5-6 years to sell to customers US, Canada and Europe. With these lofty goals, the company invited a bunch of social media influencers, as well as some auto journalists, on a “a four-day, multicity extravaganza” that seemed more weird than convincing, according to Bloomberg.


J
James Vincent3:17 PM UTC
Today, 39 years ago, the world didn’t end.

And it’s thanks to one man: Stanislav Petrov, a USSR military officer who, on September 26th, 1983, took the decision not to launch a retaliatory nuclear attack against the US. Petrov correctly guessed that satellite readings showing inbound nukes were faulty, and so likely saved the world from nuclear war. As journalist Tom Chivers put it on Twitter, “Happy Stanislav Petrov Day to those who celebrate!” Read more about Petrov’s life here.


Soviet Colonel who prevented 1983 nuclear response
Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images
J
The Verge
James Vincent3:03 PM UTC
Deepfakes were made for Disney.

You might have seen the news this weekend that the voice of James Earl Jones is being cloned using AI so his performance as Darth Vader in Star Wars can live on forever.

Reading the story, it struck me how perfect deepfakes are for Disney — a company that profits from original characters, fans' nostalgia, and an uncanny ability to twist copyright law to its liking. And now, with deepfakes, Disney’s most iconic performances will live on forever, ensuring the magic never dies.


E
External Link
Elizabeth Lopatto2:41 PM UTC
Hurricane Fiona ratcheted up tensions about crypto bros in Puerto Rico.

“An official emergency has been declared, which means in the tax program, your physical presence time is suspended,” a crypto investor posted on TikTok. “So I am headed out of the island.” Perhaps predictably, locals are furious.


R
The Verge
Richard Lawler2:09 PM UTC
Teen hacking suspect linked to GTA 6 leak and Uber security breach charged in London.

City of London police tweeted Saturday that the teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking has been charged with “two counts of breach of bail conditions and two counts of computer misuse.”

They haven’t confirmed any connection with the GTA 6 leak or Uber hack, but the details line up with those incidents, as well as a suspect arrested this spring for the Lapsus$ breaches.