Amazon surprised us at Thurday’s event with its new Amazon has been developing for years have become more critical than ever.as well as the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, . (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means Alexa everywhere and addressing concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode and an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. It’s also pledging to build solar and wind farms to generate energy that matches the consumption of all its devices.
A new cloud gaming service starting at $6 per month
The company launched a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There’s a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some of them.
It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.
Echo 4th gen: $100
The new spherical Echo speaker arrives Oct. 22
Redesigned with a new spherical shape and able to adapt to the acoustics of the room, the fourth-gen Echo incorporates features formerly in the Echo Plus. It’s also a bridge to Amazon’s Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology to accelerate Alexa.
Echo Dot 4th gen: $50
Amazon’s entry-level speaker gets a 2020 makeover, too
It gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now sports a stylish fabric cover and better speaker.
Echo Dot Kids Edition: $60
Some fun speaker designs for the kids
Also spherical, with some kid-friendly features, the Kids Edition includes voice profiles for the children and Sidekick, which lets Alexa read to them.
Echo Dot with Clock: $60
The new Dot — with a built-in digital display
A $10 premium over the standard Dot gets you a built-in clock.
Echo Show 10: $250
Totally new smart display can pivot and follow your movements around the room
It now has Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and is quiet when it pivots in your direction. For privacy, there’s a built-in camera shutter, and all Echo and Alexa’s will have a command to review privacy settings and “delete everything I’ve ever said.” It will also support Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.
Eero 6: Starts at $130
Amazon’s next-gen mesh router
Amazon’s mesh network gets an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 and ZigBee support. It’s available for preorder now.
Eero Pro 6: Starts at $230
The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed to handle higher bandwidth — up to gigabit, as opposed to 500Mbps — connections.
Ring Car Connect: $200
One of three new car-centric Ring products
Debuting with Tesla, Connect uses a vehicle’s built-in external cameras to capture video in the event that something happens to the car while driving or parked.
Ring Always Home Cam: $250
A home sentry drone. Really
An autonomous camera that can fly within your home on a preprogrammed route or fly to a motion detection area.
Fire TV Stick 2020: $40
Improved video streamer, with TV power and volume control
It’s more powerful than before — faster with HDR and Dolby Atmos support — but uses less power.
Fire TV Stick Lite: $30
Basic streaming at a lower price
This model’s for the Full HD viewer rather than 4K; it includes HDR support and an Alexa Voice Remote Lite.